India’s men’s hockey team has achieved its highest-ever ranking in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Rankings, moving to the third spot after winning the Asian Champions Trophy 2023. India was ranked fourth before the tournament and gained several points to leapfrog England in the latest rankings released on Sunday.
The Indian team rose to the fourth spot after defeating Germany and Australia in consecutive Pro League games. Behind the top-ranked Netherlands (3095.90 points) and Belgium (2917.87 points), India (2771.35 points) moved up one spot to third place, passing England (2763.50 points).
Following India, England and Germany are in positions four and five, respectively, with Australia at number six. The next four places in the men's rankings—Spain, Argentina, Malaysia, and New Zealand—make up the top 10.
At the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium, the Indian team pulled off an incredible comeback to overcome Malaysia 4-3. India scored three goals in a row when trailing 3-1 in the third period to take a 4-3 victory lead. India was noteworthy for remaining unbeaten, winning four games and drawing one in the group stage.
With Harmanpreet Singh leading the way with nine goals, they scored 20 goals, while giving up only five. In the semifinals, India defeated Japan 5-0, while Malaysia defeated Korea 6-2 to get to the championship match.