Last Update on: July 20th, 2021 at 04:01 pm
The Indian Women’s ODI team captain Mithali Raj has once again moved to the top of the ICC Women’s 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.
Smriti Mandhana Breaks Into The Top Three In T20I Rankings
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.
Stephanie Taylor Loses The Top Position In All Rounder’s Rankings
West Indies’s Stephanie Taylor lost her top position in the all rounder’s ranking in the ODI format to South Africa’s Marizannae Kapp and Australia’s Ellyse Perry. Both the players are on 418 points at the top while Taylor has slipped to 394 points with no wickets in the last three games. However, Taylor captain West Indies to a 3-2 win over Pakistan in the five-match ODI series that ended this week.
Indian women’s team will have to put up a lot more better performance in their next series after losing both the limited-overs series to England.