Mithali Raj back in top five of ICC ODI rankings for Batswomen

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Indian skipper Mithali Raj returned to the top five of the latest ICC Women’s ODI Rankings for batswomen. After scoring a fighting 72 runs for India in the opening match against England in Bristol, Mithali raj gained three points to reach the fifth rank with 725 points. The former top-ranked batswomen have returned to the top five for the first time since 2019.

The 38-year-old, who had completed 22 years in playing international cricket, led the Indian team to the World Cup finals at Lord’s in 2017. A few days back, she played the captain’s knock to rescue her side from a dangerous position of 27/2 against England.

Another Indian batswoman in the top 10 is Smiriti Mandhana, who stands in 9th place with 695 points. Hard-hitter and the top-ranked T20 batter, Shafali Verma has entered the ODI rankings at 120th place after scoring a mere 15 on debut.

In the bowlers’ list, India’s frontline pacer Jhulan Goswami ranks 5th with 681 points and Poonam Yadav is in the 9th rank with 628 points. She is a leg spinner, who stands like one of the pillars for India in the bowling department. Indian player, Deepti Sharma ranks 5th in the ICC all-rounder rankings.

England opener Tammy Beaumont ranks as the No 1 ICC batswoman after giving a match-winning performance against India. Tammy’s unbeaten 87 runs gained her 26 rating points to reach 791 points. Natalie Sciver’s unbeaten 74 raised her a bit up from ninth to eighth position in the latest ICC women’s ranking.

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