The elevation happened due to their undefeated run in the Asian Champions Trophy 2023 in Chennai last month.
Hockey is a team game, so along with Harman, everyone needs to take responsibility. I am happy where I am at and I will give my best to the team.
The Asian Champions Trophy will see Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, China, and India go into battle to lift the coveted trophy.
In fact, India nearly came unstuck when Malaysia was leading 3–1 with less than 30 minutes to go, and the hosts seemed to be struggling.
India had achieved a similar ranking in 2021 after securing a bronze in the Tokyo Olympics, which was their first medal at the Games in 41 years.
The blue touch paper was lit in the dying embers of a third quarter which descended into mayhem after India were awarded a stroke with less than one minute remaining.
Jugraj Singh (9th minute), skipper Harmanpreet Singh (45th), Gurjant Singh (45th) and Akashdeep Singh (56th) were the goal scores for India.
While Japan did well to nullify India's weapons in the first quarter, the hosts slowly started to move through the gears in the second stanza.
Lots of ice, night-time hydration protocols and no non-matchday training sessions help hosts stay cool
India will take on Malaysia in the final on Saturday, while Japan will be up against defending champions South Korea in the third-fourth place play-off match.
He was equally measured when directly asked about his own role in the commanding 4-0 win over the Green Shirts.
Sreejesh, who has featured for India in several matches against Pakistan, does not want to get carried away with the dominant win.
They will hope that they can repeat some of those dance moves when they face Japan in the semifinals on Friday.
Harmanpreet scores twice as hosts pull off dominating win; Men In Blue to face Japan for a place in the final.
Having already sealed their semifinal spot before the match, India played confidently and completely dominated the match, while Pakistan were always playing catch-up.
The match will start at 8:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST), as per Olympics.com.
The last time these two sides met in a consequential game on Indian soil in 2014, the match descended into mayhem, which resulted in a few Pakistan players being suspended for their next match.
Favourites India aim to avoid complacency in high-voltage clash against Pakistan in Asian Champions Trophy
While India are unbeaten in the four games they played so far, Pakistan have managed only one win along with a couple of draws and a loss.
India’s last league match is against Pakistan on Wednesday.
Sources claimed at least 6-7 persons including team consultant and doctor were not issued visas till late on Friday night