Indian Women’s Hockey Team Achieves 9th Spot In The World Rankings

| August 8 , 2018 , 01:09 IST

After a clinical performance at the Women’s Hockey World Cup, Indian women team achieved their best-ever world ranking as they climbed up a spot to 9th place in the latest World Rankings.

The Rankings were released by The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday.

Rani Rampal led Indian team had recorded 1138 points after they made it to the last 8th round at the World Cup held in London.

Meanwhile, after an impressive silver-medal finish at the Champions Trophy the Indian men’s hockey team jumped one spot to attain fifth place in the World rankings.

Previously ranked No. 10 in the World Rankings, the Indian women team displayed some outstanding performances throughout the tournament.

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The Indian team just conceded three goals in the 5 matches that they played, before losing out to silver-medalists Ireland with a scoreline of 3-1 in the penalty shootout in quarter-finals.

World cup winners the Netherlands remained at the top as the No.1 team went on to clinched their 8th World title with a dominated 6-0 win over the Irish women.

The new ranking also means that the Indian team will enter into the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia as the top-ranked Asian team.

Speaking to media, the Indian women’s coach Coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “The new ranking comes as added motivation to our team for the upcoming Asian Games, but what is even better to see is that the players are not satisfied. There is more hunger in the squad to improve the ranking further by performing consistently at the highest level”.

The Indian coach further added “They are now fully aware of their capabilities on the turf and I’m sure the new ranking will surely motivate them to excel at the Asian Games.”