After an impressive brilliant performance in the recently concluded Champions Trophy in Breda, the Netherlands, India have moved on to the fifth spot in the world rankings released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday. Also Read - Hockey: India Men's Team Captain Manpreet Singh Five Other Players Recover From COVID-19, Discharged From Hospital
India finished runners-up after losing the final to reigning world champions Australia, who meanwhile, consolidated their stay atop the world rankings. With 1906 points, Australia sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina with 1883 points, followed by Belgium with 1709 points and Netherlands with 1654 points. The Men in Blue with 1484 points, have overtaken Germany with 1456 points to sixth from the fifth spot. Also Read - Expectations of Olympic Medal Serves as Motivation Than Pressure: Manpreet Singh
Most of the teams in the top 20 are non-movers, although 18th placed Austria and 19th ranked Egypt have climbed ahead of France, who now sit in the 20th position. Also Read - During Lockdown, Coaches Marijne And Reid Look at Positives
India were beaten 1-3 by Australia in the shootout after score remained 1-1 at the end of regulation time in the Champions Trophy final.