Mithali Raj enters ICC Women`s World Cup as top ranked batter

Dubai: Indian captain Mithali Raj will enter the Women`s World Cup, beginning tomorrow, as the number-one ranked batter on the Reliance ICC Women`s Player Rankings for ODI batswomen.

Raj, who is appearing in her fourth successive Women`s World Cup, will lead her side in the opening match of the tournament at the Cricket Club of India (Brabourne Stadium) in Mumbai in a Group A match against the West Indies tomorrow.

Raj currently tops the batting table with 767 ratings points. West Indies` Stafanie Taylor is ranked second, 22 ratings points behind.

The England duo of Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway are third and fourth respectively, while New Zealand`s Amy Satterthwaite in fifth spot completes the top five.

The fight for the top slot in the Reliance ICC Women`s Player Rankings for ODI bowlers is even more interesting.

England`s Katherine Brunt currently heads the bowlers` table with 777 ratings points. But Brunt will face a tough challenge from Australia`s Lisa Sthalekar, who is currently second with 764 ratings points.

India`s Jhulan Goswami at third, Ellyse Perry of Australia in fourth and England`s Laura Marsh in fifth are the other bowlers within the top 10 who are likely to make improvements.

Stafanie Taylor is currently the clear leader in the Reliance ICC Women`s Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders` with 453 ratings points, followed by Lisa Sthalekar in second place and New Zealand`s Nicola Browne in third spot.

The player rankings will be updated on February 18 at the conclusion of the tournament.