India women’s team captain Mithali Raj has retained her top spot in the latest update of the ICC Women’s ODI rankings which were released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. She is now the sole batter at the no.1 spot after South Africa’s Lizelle Lee dropped to second place.
South Africa opener Lizelle Lee, who had caught up with Mithali last week to share the mantle at the top, has slipped by a position at number 2 — one rating point behind — after missing the final two ODIs against West Indies.
In Tuesday’s update, Mithali, who has 762 rating points, retained her top spot, while opener Smriti Mandhana was placed seventh.
The update also saw New Zealand Amy Satterthwaite get back into the top five rankings thanks to her unbeaten 79 in the first ODI against England. Apart from her, England captain Heather Knight’s match-winning 89 off 107 deliveries against New Zealand helped her enter the top ten, jumping five places to share the ninth spot with Natalie Sciver and Laura Wolvaardt.
England’s Danielle Wyatt (33rd) and Lauren Winfield-Hill (37th) have gained five slots. For West Indies, Rashada Williams has rocketed up 53 places to the 53rd position after scores of 42 in the fourth match and 78 not out in the fifth match.
Jhulan Goswami Moves To Fourth Spot In Women’s ODI Bowling Rankings
In the ICC ODI women’s bowling rankings, veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami moved up to the fourth spot with 694 rating points to her name. While senior spinner Poonam Yadav remained stationary on ninth among bowlers. India’s Deepti Sharma moved a step up to be fourth in the all-rounders’ list led by Australia’s Ellyse Perry.
Apart from the Indians, England pair of Sophie Ecclestone and Katherine Brunt climbed up the ladder one position each at sixth and seventh respectively, leading to Ayabonga Khaka of South Africa moving down to number eight who missed the final two outings of the series against South Africa.
Kate Cross snared five wickets in the first two ODIs while Natalie Sciver picked up three. Effectively, Cross moved up two places to 15th and Sciver advanced up to three places to 18th.