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India Ranked 100th in FIFA Rankings

As per the updated FIFA world football rankings, the Indian national football has managed to secure a 100th spot and entered into the top 100 of FIFA rankings. This is the first time in 21 years that India has been ranked into top 100. India has been placed 100th alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia with a total of 331 points.

India had ranked 101st in the FIFA rankings for April. The team climbed one spot up owing to the recent wins over Cambodia and Myanmar. The current ranking is a 72-place jump from being 173rd in March 2015. In 1996, India managed to secure the 94th spot. Till date, it remains the country’s best ever FIFA ranking.

FIFA Rankings

The FIFA World Rankings ranks the men’s national teams in association football. The rankings were first introduced in 1992. The teams are ranked based on their game results of all FIFA-recognised full international matches. The teams are ranked based on its performance over the last four years.

The rankings are currently led by Brazil. The teams like Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain have also held top positions previously.

 

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Current ICC T-20 Rankings

In the recently updated ICC T20 International team rankings, India has been placed at the 4th position behind second placed England and third placed Pakistan. India has earned 118 points whereas England and Pakistan have earned 121 points each. New-Zealand has topped the table with 125 points.

South Africa has managed to secure the fifth place followed by countries like Australia (6th), West Indies (7th), Sri Lanka (8th), Afghanistan (9th) and Bangladesh (10th).

The rankings assume significance in the light of 2020 World T20. World T20 tournament will be hosted by the Australia. Apart from Australia, nine other top-ranked teams as on December 31, 2018 will be automatically qualified for the tournament. The bottom eight countries will join regional qualifiers in the 2019 World T20 Qualifier. Six countries from the qualifier will be qualified to join the 16-team World T20 pool.

Criteria

The present rankings did not take into account the older results between May 2013 and April 2014. The matches played between May 2014 and April 2016 were weighted at 50% and matches played from May 1, 2016 were weighted at 100%. India’s win of 14 matches between May 2015 and April 2016 were weighted at 100% in the previous cycle but has now been weighted at 50%.

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Leander Paes Wins Tallahassee Challenger Title

The top-seeded Indo-American pair of Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky defeated Argentine third seeds Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez to win the Tallahassee Challenger title of the men’s double. This title win is Paes’ 2nd Challenger level title of the season. The 2017 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger was played on green clay courts between 24 and 29 April 2017.

Tallahassee Tennis Challenger

Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is a professional tennis tournament that is currently played as a part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour. The tournament is played on outdoor hard courts. Since 2000, it is held annually at the Forestmeadows Tennis Complex in Tallahassee, Florida, United States.

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