Thanks to 1-0 and 2-0 victories over Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan, respectively, in Imphal last month, India scored 8.57 ranking points and moved up five places from its previous 106th place to just one spot from the top 100.
This is the first ranking table this year-the previous one was on December 22 of last year. India is now one place below New Zealand and one place above Kenya.
With 1200.66 points, the team coached by Igor Stimak is 19th among 46 Asian countries.
India’s best ranking was 94th, achieved in 1996. The country rarely made it out of the top 100.
World Champions Argentina moved up one position to top the list, followed by France, Brazil, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain in the top 10.
Japan ranks first among Asian countries.