Indian men’s hockey team climbs to 5th spot in FIH Hero World Rankings

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The world governing body for hockey, FIH has released the latest FIH Hero World Rankings for men.  India with its recent achievements at the international hockey arena has moved up one spot to the fifth position. Australia continues to reign at the top spot.

India’s outstanding silver medal-winning performance in Breda has come with an added bonus. Harendra Singh’s team have moved up the rankings table from sixth place to fifth, forcing Germany’s Die Honamas (1,456) down one place to sixth. The vast majority of the teams featured in the top 20 positions have been non-movers, although 18th placed Austria and 19th ranked Egypt have climbed ahead of France, who now sit in 20th position.

Australia remains at the top of the standings following the ranking points accrued during their title-winning performance at the recent Men’s Rabobank Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 in Breda, Netherlands.

Australia claimed their 15th Champions Trophy success by defeating India in a shoot-out in the competition final, ensuring that the reigning world champions held on to top spot in the rankings table.

Australia (1,906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina (1,883), with Belgium (1,709) and Netherlands (1,654) occupying the respective third and fourth positions.

The next update to the men’s FIH Hero World Rankings will be made following the completion of the Hockey Series Open at the end of September 2018, with another update coming after the conclusion of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 in December, states the official release form FIH.

An update to the women’s FIH Hero World Rankings will be made shortly after the conclusion of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018, which takes place in England at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from 21 July to 5 August 2018.