Indian Hockey Team slips to sixth position after a clean sweep against Australia

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The Indian Hockey Team, once a formidable force in the international arena, has experienced a significant shift in their standing in the FIH Rankings. The team, which started the year in the third spot, has now slipped to the sixth position.

Series of losses push Indian Hockey Team down

This change in ranking came after a series of challenging matches against Australia, where the Indian team suffered seven consecutive losses, including two defeats in the FIH Pro League 2023-24. During these matches, the team conceded 28 goals while scoring only 13. The defeat in the last match of the five-match Test series was particularly costly, resulting in the team slipping out of the world’s top five rankings.

The Indian team’s performance in the FIH Pro League during the Indian leg also contributed to their drop in the rankings. They suffered defeats against Australia twice and the Netherlands, pushing them down to the fourth spot.

Ahead of the Test series, Australia were ranked below the Indian team in the FIH Pro League. But the 5-0 clean sweep helped Australia rise to the third place. India will have a chance to improve their rankings when they take the field in the European leg of the FIH Pro League in May.

With Harendra Singh being appointed as the new coach of the team, they have a chance to improve their rankings in the next leg of the FIH Pro League starting next month.

Despite these setbacks, the Indian hockey team remains resilient and focused on their upcoming matches. The Harmanpreet Singh-led Indian side is aiming to get back to their best during the European Leg of the FIH Pro League in May 2024.

The current leaders in the men’s team rankings are the Netherlands, followed by Belgium. Australia, after winning the five-match series against India, ascended to the third rank.

In women’s rankings, the Indian women’s hockey team are placed at nine. The Indian women’s team fell from world number six to eight after the end of FIH Olympic qualifiers in Ranchi where they failed to qualify for the Paris Olympics. Post the Olympics qualifiers, the Indian team performed poorly in the home leg of the FIH Pro League and went down to nine in the rankings.

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