Mithali Raj, India’s women’s captain, has risen to the top of the ICC ODI player rankings.


Mithali Raj, India’s women’s Test and ODI captain, has risen to the top of the 2018 ICC women’s ODI player rankings.

Mithali Raj struck 59 in the second one-day international against England and then an unbeaten 75 in the final one-day international to lead India to a four-wicket victory.

In the latest ICC women’s ODI rankings, the Indian women’s captain gained four points to go to the top of the points table.

Mithali Raj last topped the ODI rankings in February of this year. In April 2005, she became the first woman to reach the top of the rankings.

Among the other Indian women’s batters, teenage opener Shafali Verma has climbed 49 places to 71st place after scoring 44 and 19 in the previous two ODIs of the series against England.

Smriti Mandhana, the other opener, has maintained her No. 9 position in the ODI batting rankings with 701 points.

Poonam Yadav, the Indian women’s leg-spinner who took three wickets in the last two One-Day Internationals against England, has climbed to No. 9 in the ICC women’s ODI bowling rankings, which is led by Australia’s Jess Jonassen.

Jhulan Goswami, an experienced Indian pacer, has climbed four places to No. 53, while all-rounder Deepti Sharma has climbed to No. 12 after taking three wickets in the final ODI against England.

Pakistan spinner Nida Dar, who recently became the first woman from her country to capture 100 T20I wickets, has climbed six spots to 15th place in the women’s T20I Player Rankings. In the three-match series against the West Indies, she took four wickets.

Shafali Verma is still ranked first in the women’s T20I batting rankings, while Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodriques are ranked fourth and ninth, respectively.

India’s women’s coach has been impressed with the team’s performance in England thus far.

Despite the fact that India’s women lost the three-match ODI series 1-2, coach Ramesh Powar has been quite pleased with the team’s performance thus far on the England tour. The women’s team of India drew the one-off Test in Bristol earlier this year.

Powar remarked in a video posted by BCCI:

“Sneh Rana is the find of this series. The way she was bowling in practice sessions at Southampton, we thought we must give her a chance. It was a difficult decision to play two off-spinners in the playing 11 but she played her role to the core. And am really happy for her because being an off-spinner I can see the talent. She is a player who can play in the crunch situations and that’s what we needed right now.”

The Indian women’s tour of England will culminate with three Twenty20 Internationals, the first of which will be played on July 9 in Northampton.

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