Indian ODI skipper Mithali Raj is back at the top of the ICC Women’s ODI player rankings after having an excellent series with the bat against England. Averaging over 50 in ODI cricket, Mithali Raj showed her class with the bat in the England series with three consecutive half-centuries.
The other batters weren’t so consistent and it led to India losing the series 1-2 to England. However, the consistent scores of 72, 59, and an unbeaten 75 to take India home in the final ODI meant that she raised back to the top of the rankings in ODI cricket again. This is also, the ninth time she has occupied the spot in the long career she has had.
India’s prolific opener Smriti Mandhana moved into the third position in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20 International Rankings with 716 points. Mandhana scored a fine half-century in the final T20I game against England that pushed her into the top three and it equals her career-best ranking.
Meanwhile, India’s young Shafali Verma still holds the top position in the T20 Women’s rankings for batsmen. Deepthi Sharma has moved up one spot to the 36th position among the batters while the wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh has moved up nine spots to 72nd among the batsmen.
India now has two batters at the top ranking in two different formats with Mithali Raj in ODIs and Shafali Verma in T20s.
West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor slipped to the fifth position.
Deandra Dottin (up three places to 25th), Kyshona Knight (up 11 places to 42nd) and Britney Cooper (up 22 places to 81st) are the batters to move up the rankings for the West Indies while off-spinner Anisa Mohammed’s six wickets see her advance three places to 23rd among bowlers. Hayley Matthew (up two places to 32nd) and Chinelle Henry (up 14 places to 67th) have also moved up that list.
For Pakistan, Omaima Sohail’s scores of 62, 61 and 34 have helped her jump 19 places to a career-best 36th position while Sidra Ameen (up five places to 62nd) and Muneeba Ali (up 20 places to 68th) have made progress among batters.
England opener Danielle Wyatt’s match-winning 89 not out has lifted her four places to 17th position among batters while Katherine Brunt is in the top 10, gaining four slots to reach seventh position after accounting for openers Mandhana and Shafali Verma. Natalie Sciver has moved up five places to joint-17th among bowlers.