Mithali Raj returns to No. 1 among ODI batters, for the eighth time in her career


Mithali Raj has reclaimed the No. 1 spot among women ODI batters more than 16 years after she had first reached the perch – it’s the eighth time at the top for her – after her aggregate of 206 runs in the 2-1 series defeat to England lifted her four spots in the latest update to the rankings.

Raj had started the three-match series at eighth place, but the chart-topping batting performance, including a match-winning 75* in 86 balls in India’s win in the third ODI, put her at the top of the table for the first time since February 2018. The first time she was No. 1 was way back in April 2005 after she had scored 91* against New Zealand in the 50-over World Cup; the difference of more than 16 years at the No. 1 position is the longest for any woman batter. England’s Janette Brittin was at the top for the first time in 1984 and the last time in 1995, while New Zealand’s Debbie Hockley achieved the feat for the first time in 1987 and for the final time in 1997.

Among the England players to have gained following the series win were batters Lauren Winfield-Hill and Sophia Dunkley and Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Nat Sciver and Sarah Glenn among bowlers.

Winfield-Hill moved up 14 places to No. 41 after hitting 42 and 36, while Dunkley continued her rapid rise, rising 80 places to 76th after scoring 73* and 28. Left-arm spinner Ecclestone moved to a career-best sixth position, a gain of four spots, after returning 3 for 33 and 2 for 36, Cross’ 5 for 34 in the second ODI pushed her up from 25th to 18th position, while Sciver and Glenn both moved up one spot to 22nd and 43rd, respectively.

Among the Indians, Deepti Sharma went up one place to No. 12 after picking up 3 for 47 in the last ODI, while Jhulan Goswami rose four places to No. 53 and, among batters, Shafali Verma‘s 44 and 19 in the last two games helped her gain 49 places to reach 71st.

T20Is: Nida Dar gets into top 15
Pakistan spinner Nida Dar, who became the first from her country to reach the milestone of 100 T20I wickets, moved from the 21st to the 15th position after finishing with four wickets in the three-match series in the West Indies.

West Indies swept the three-match series, and that was reflected in the rise of Shamilia Connell and Stafanie Taylor among the bowlers and Chedean Nation and Kycia Knight among the batters.

Connell picked up five wickets in the series, and moved up 14 slots to 27th place, while Taylor, who picked up a hat-trick in the final fixture on her way to 4 for 17, advanced ten places to reach 42nd position. Nation progressed 17 places to 61st and Knight 20 places to 71st.

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