The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the much-awaited ICC Women Rankings. Indian Women were the highlight of the rankings as they gained massively back on their solid stint in the ongoing tri-nation series in South Africa.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur rose to three places at the 11th position in the batting rankings. Kaur smashed a glorious 56-run knock in India’s victorious campaign against West Indies in the last match. Star all-rounder Deepti Sharma also climbed to her career-best 25th position after her stunning 33-run cameo against South Africa in the first match of the series.
Ace Indian batter Smriti Mandhana continued to cruise at the third position in the batting rankings. Mandhana has held the position for the last four months. Smriti smashed a match-winning 74-run knock in the last game against the Caribbean. With this blazing performance, Mandhana improved her rating to 736.
Apart from Indian batters and all-rounders, South African women also improved their rankings. Skipper Sune Luus has moved two places up to the 45th position after her 29 & 30 scores in the last two games. Her counterparts Chloe Tryon and Marizanne Kapp also moved up in their rankings.
Nonkululeko Mlaba enters the Top 5 in the ICC Women Rankings for bowlers
In the bowling domain, India’s Sneh Rana retained her top 10 positions whereas Rajeshri Gayakwad and Radha Yadav climbed to the 18th and 28th positions, respectively. South African spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba has aced up to her career-best 4th position by moving up by four positions. Whereas, Ayabanga Khaka gained four slots to hold the 16th position.
The recently concluded series between Australia and Pakistan has influenced the Women’s ODI rankings. Australian batters Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning have successfully advanced to their career-best second and fifth position as Australia overpowered Pakistan by 3-0 to clinch a befitting series whitewash. Mooney scored top knocks of 133 and 57 whereas Lanning punched in decisive knocks of 67 and 72. For Pakistan, skipper Bismah Marood and Nira Dar have claimed the 22nd and 32nd positions, respectively.
In the bowlers’ domain, Australian spinner Ashleigh Gardner moved seven places to the 13th spot. Her compatriot Alyssa Healy moved a spot up to the 12th position. Pakistan’s Fatima Sana advanced by three positions to the 29th spot whereas Diana Baig claimed the moved up one position to the 23rd spot.