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Smriti Mandhana loses her No.1 ODI ranking to New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite

The pace bowler Shikhar Pandey has broken into the top ten.

Smriti Mandhana (Photo by Jan Kruger-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

The recently concluded South Africa Women tour of India saw some pulsating cricket action. Despite the inclement weather marred the T20I leg of the tour, the Women in Blue notched up an impressive 3-1 series win. And followed it up with another clinical display in the succeeding three ODIs. Though the team’s points have increased, Smriti Mandhana has lost her numero uno spot in the latest ICC rankings.

The Mithali Raj-led side inflicted a 3-0 whitewash on the visitors. And, the most heartening fact about the win- apart from the scoreline, obviously- is how the team reacted to adversity in each of three encounters. Whether it was defending a lowly target of 147 in the last game or it was chasing down the highest total in their cricket history (248) in the second, every time Team India needed someone to put their hand up, they found a new hero.

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Apart from all these adversaries that the Women in Blue successfully encountered, the biggest of them actually came even before a ball was bowled in the ODI series when batting spearhead Smriti Mandhana was ruled out due to injury. The left-hander, who is currently running against time in a bid to get fully fit for the upcoming West Indies tour, has now been dealt with another blow.

Smriti Mandhana loses important rating points

The injured opener has now proceeded to lose her top spot as far as ICC rankings for the batters in One-Day International cricket. The southpaw has lost her No.1 position to White Ferns’ skipper Amy Satterthwaite after she missed out playing the ODI series against South Africa

Smriti Mandhana has 755 points and has now been pipped by Satterthwaite (759 points) despite the latter being on maternity leave. Among other batters, Mithali Raj moved to the seventh spot while T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who played a vital match-winning knock to seal India’s highest run-chase has risen to the 17th position.

As far as the bowling is concerned, spinner Deepti Sharma has moved down to the third place while Shikha Pandey has broken into the top-ten.

Here are the latest ICC rankings:

Team Rankings

Rank Team Rating
1  Australia 151
2  India 127
3  England 122
4  New Zealand 110
5  South Africa 96
6  West Indies 79
7  Pakistan 77
8  Sri Lanka 55
9  Bangladesh 48
10  Ireland 18

Top 10 batsmen

Rank Player Country Rating
1 Amy Satterthwaite NZ 759
2 Smriti Mandhana  IND 755
3 Alyssa Healy  AUS 738
4 Ellyse Perry  AUS 737
5 Tammy Beaumont  ENG 722
6 Meg Lanning  AUS 719
7 Mithali Raj  IND 705
8 Laura Wolvaardt  SA 685
9 Sophie Devine  NZ 683
Suzie Bates NZ 683

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Rating
1 Jess Jonassen AUS 755
2 Megan Schutt  AUS 731
3 Sana Mir  PAK 714
4 Ellyse Perry  AUS 710
5 Marizanne Kapp  SA 708
6 Jhulan Goswami  IND 704
7 Shabnim Ismail  SA 688
8 Shikha Pandey  IND 685
9 Poonam Yadav  IND 659
10 Katherine Brunt ENG 649

Top all-rounders

Rank Player Country Rating
1 Ellyse Perry AUS 523
2 Marizanne Kapp  SA 370
3 Deepti Sharma  IND 369
4 Stafanie Taylor  WI 360
5 Dane van Niekerk  SA 306

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