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Jhulan Goswami reclaims the No.1 position in ICC Women’s ODI bowler Rankings

Mandhana attains career-best rating points as India players top batting and bowling rankings.

Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami. (Photo Source: ICC)

India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has seized back the top position for bowlers in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after playing an important role in a 2-1 home series win over England in the ICC Women’s Championship. Goswami, who last held the top spot in February 2017, finished with eight wickets in the series while helping her team reach the second position in the eight-team championship that provides direct qualification berths to hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

The latest rankings update also takes into account performances of another ICC Women’s Championship series that saw defending champions Australia score a facile 3-0 win over New Zealand to move closer to clinching a direct berth as they are now at the top with 22 points from 12 matches. India are second with 16 from 15 while New Zealand are on 14 from 15. Reigning World champions England are behind South Africa in the fifth position, with 12 points from 12 matches.

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Goswami, the most successful bowler in ODIs with 218 wickets, has inched closer to the record for the most number of days at the top. She has now been number one for 1873 days, with only retired Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick having spent more time at the top, for 2113 days.

Goswami’s new-ball partner Shikha Pandey has gained 12 spots to reach fifth position after also finishing with eight wickets against England. It is for the first time in nine years that two India bowlers are in the top five after Goswami and Rumeli Dhar were in that bracket in 2010.

Smriti Mandhana consolidates top position

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Stylish left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana, who is the leading run-scorer in the current edition of the ICC Women’s Championship with 837 runs, has consolidated her position at the top with a career-best 797 points. The last time Indians topped both the batting and bowling lists was in March 2012, when Mithali Raj and Goswami led the tables.

In another important movement, Natalie Sciver has advanced 10 slots to reach a career-best fifth place after scoring 130 runs in the series, second only to Mandhana’s 153. Sciver’s previous best was seventh position, in July 2017. Her compatriot Danielle Wyatt has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 34th position.

Other players to move up in the rankings update include Australia’s Alyssa Healy (up one place to 15th) and Rachael Haynes (up seven places to 21st) and New Zealand’s Sophie Devine (up two places to 10th) and Katie Perkins (up six places to 31st) among batters.

Among bowlers, Jess Jonnasen of Australia (up two places to second) and Sophie Ecclestone of England (up four places to 20th) are the notable movers while the all-rounders’ list sees Sciver gain two places to fifth and Devine move up three places to seventh.

In an upcoming series starting 16 March, England would be looking to overtake India with a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka, who are at the bottom of the table with only one win from 12 matches.

For Sri Lanka, captain and aggressive left-handed batter Chamari Athapaththu will be looking to get back into the top 10 from her present 11th position while former captain Inoka Ranaweera would be similarly hoping to improve her position from the 20th place that she currently occupies.

Some highlights of the ODI rankings:

Batting

  • Amy Satterthwaite (NZ) up one place to third
  • Mithali Raj (Ind) up one place to fourth
  • Natalie Sciver (Eng) up 10 places to fifth
  • Sophie Devine (NZ) up two places to 10th
  • Heather Knight (Eng) up one place to 12th
  • Alyssa Healy (Aus) up one place to 15th
  • Rachael Haynes (Aus) up seven places to 21st
  • Beth Mooney (Aus) up three places to 23rd
  • Katie Perkins (NZ) up six places to 31st
  • Danielle Wyatt (Eng) up seven places to 34th
  • Jess Jonassen (Aus) up eight places to 49th
  • Jemimah Rodrigues (Ind) up 10 places to 49th
  • Poonam Yadav (Ind) up five places to 64th
  • Georgia Elwiss (Eng) up 14 places to 74th

Bowling

  • Jhulan Goswami (Ind) up two places to first
  • Jess Jonassen (Aus) up two places to second
  • Shikha Pandey (Ind) up 12 places to fifth
  • Ellyse Perry (Aus) up one place to ninth
  • Ashley Gardner (Aus) up two places to 18th
  • Sophie Ecclestone (Eng) up four places to 20th
  • Sophie Devine (NZ) up 10 places to 32nd
  • Natalie Sciver (Eng) up two places to 35th
  • Georgia Elwiss (Eng) up 13 places to 41st
  • Georgia Wareham (Aus) up 41 places to 66th
  • Hayley Jensen (NZ) up 10 places to 69th

Upcoming fixtures:

Sri Lanka v England: 16 and 18 March (Hambantota); 21 March (Katunayake)

ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 4 March, 2019)

Batters (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge
1 ( – ) S. Mandhana India 797! 42.41
2 ( – ) Ellyse Perry Aus 756 51.84
3 (+1) A.Satterthwaite NZ 755 38.98
4 (+1) Mithali Raj India 713 51.29
5= (+3) Stafanie Taylor Win 695 43.96
(+10) Natalie Sciver Eng 695 38.4
7 -4 Meg Lanning Aus 691 51.14
8 -2 T. Beaumont Eng 687 40.1
9 -2 Suzie Bates NZ 679 42.64
10 (+2) Sophie Devine NZ 678! 32.17
11 -1 C. Athapaththu SL 673 31.64
12 (+1) Heather Knight Eng 670 36.65
13 -2 Lizelle Lee SA 664 33.69
14 ( – ) D van Niekerk SA 650 36.57
15= -6 Nicole Bolton Aus 636 43.93
(+1) Alyssa Healy Aus 636! 24.76
17 ( – ) Deepti Sharma India 617 41.81
18 ( – ) L. Wolvaardt SA 615 43.79
19 (+1) Deandra Dottin Win 601 28.33
20 -1 H. Kaur India 572 34.52

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Economy
1 (+2) J. Goswami India 730 21.34 3.25
2 (+2) Jess Jonassen Aus 723 22.05 4.17
3 -2 Sana Mir Pak 718 24.68 3.68
4 -2 M Schutt Aus 690 23.69 4.39
5 (+12) Shikha Pandey India 688*! 20.5 3.9
6 (+1) Katherine Brunt Eng 681 23.38 3.48
7 -2 M. Kapp SA 678 24.11 3.67
8 -2 Shibnam Ismail SA 663 20.53 3.6
9 (+1) Ellyse Perry Aus 657 26.12 4.37
10 -1 Poonam Yadav India 656*! 21.09 3.8
11 -3 Deepti Sharma India 630 27.39 3.87
12 -1 Ekta Bisht India 620 21.28 3.65
13 -1 Anya Shrubsole Eng 614 27.52 4.25
14= -1 D. van Niekerk SA 597 19.28 3.52
-1 Stafanie Taylor Win 597 19.5 3.28
16 -1 Lea Tahuhu NZ 588 31.24 4.33
17 -1 A. Khaka SA 581 28 4.13
18= -1 Leigh Kasperek NZ 554* 18.98 3.82
(+2) A. Gardner Aus 554* 27.17 4.32
20= (+1) I. Ranaweera SL 542 28.3 4.25
-1 Amelia Kerr NZ 542* 22.17 4.25

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts
1 ( – ) Ellyse Perry Aus 496
2 ( – ) Stafanie Taylor Win 414
3= (+1) D van Niekerk SA 388
( – ) Deepti Sharma India 388
5 (+2) Natalie Sciver Eng 302/*!

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