Indian Football Reaching New Heights, Within One Spot Of Top 100

India's captain Bhaichung Bhutia (C) fights for the ball.

REUTERS/Adnan Abidi 

The Indian National Football team has had a great recent run of form which has seen it perform utterly well and hence jump places in the international FIFA rankings to a spot every supporter of the team is proud of.

The latest rankings revealed India has reached 101 as a team playing the sport professionally and this is their highest rank achieved since a little over two decades.

The Indian team has managed to set this status through six wins on the bounce and a total of 11 victories out of their recent 13 matches played, a run that has seen them jump 31 spots to achieve their highest position since they were once ranked 100 in 1993. Two away victories against Cambodia and Myanmar have showed to the country that it is heading in the right direction as far as football is concerned and with the new rules in place, a 2026 world cup slot might not be an impossible task to pull off.

This now means that India is now ranked 11th among the 46 Asian teams in the confederation and these were their first away wins which came after 12 years, the last one being against Pakistan. The Blue Tigers have jumped from 233 points to 331 points in the table, which makes them the second highest movers after Macedonia.

Sunil Chhetri also helped his case by scoring in both matches and coming 4th in the list of highest currently playing international goal scorers, which is headed by the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.

This position now sees them almost within touching distance of the under 100 spots and with their next matches now in June, they have ample time to prepare themselves to be worthy enough of the ranks they wish to achieve.

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