Mithali, Jhulan top women’s ICC ODI Rankings
Dubai: Indian players retained their numero uno status in the International Cricket Council’s ODI Women’s Rankings with Mithali Raj leading the batting chart and Jhulan Goswami heading the bowling list issued on Wednesday.
Mithali has 823 ranking points at an average of 49.83 while Jhulan has 777 points averaging 21.66.
In batting chart, which did not see much change, England’s Lydia Greenway climbed six places to eighth while New Zealand captain Aimee Watkins rose 10 places to claim 11th spot.
Australia Shelley Nitschke and England’s Claire Taylor sit pretty on second and third position respectively.
In the Rankings for ODI bowlers, England’s Katherine Brunt, currently ranked second, only has 23 points between her and Jhulan and the 25-year-old will only need a few wickets to displace the Indian from the top spot.
For Brunt, who completed England’s five-match series against New Zealand with series figures of 9-197, it is her career-best ranking to date. In the process of climbing to second, she has pushed Australia’s pair of Shelley Nitschke and Lisa Sthalekar into third and fourth place respectively.
Another English player Jenny Gunn returned to the top 10 bowlers for the first time since March 2009, claiming ninth position. The fast bowler had a strong series against New Zealand, including a five-wicket haul in the third ODI.
The Rankings for ODI all-rounders is currently topped by Australian Shelley Nitschke amassing 515 points.