Foreign policy wonk Daniel Drezner puzzles over this:
The true outlier here is India. Their (soccer) men’s team ranks 133rd, just behind Fiji. Their women’s team is somewhat better, just besting Haiti. Even if soccer is not that popular in the subcontinent, it’s a country with more than a billion people — sheer numbers suggest they should field a semi-decent team.
The reason? All the young kids wanna be cricketers, Daniel. Simple!