The International Cricket Council announced the ICC Women’s ODI Rankings for batswomen on Tuesday. Indian skipper Mithali Raj has climbed four places up and is at the top of the table with 762 points.
This is the eight-time Mithali Raj is at the top of the rankings in a 22-year long career. Tammy Beaumont dropped three places and is No. 4 in the rankings. India’s Smriti Mandhana has managed to hold on to the 9th spot.
💥 @M_Raj03 is the new No.1 💥
In the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings for batting, the India skipper climbs to the 🔝 of the table.
— ICC (@ICC) July 6, 2021
In the recent third one-day international between India and England, Mithali raj single-handedly took the Indian side to victory. She 75-run knock and partnerships with the lower middle order resulted in India’s win. Mithali became the highest woman run-getter in cricket, surpassing England’s Charlotte Edwards.
India’s head coach Ramesh Powar praised the veteran Mithali Raj. He said in a video posted by BCCI:
“Mithali Raj deserves every praise in the world. She has been a fantastic servant of the game. 22 years of cricket and I think she is a role model for a lot of our girls.”
A thrilling finish 👌
A superb win 👍
A captain's knock 🙌#TeamIndia Head Coach @imrameshpowar takes us through what @M_Raj03 means to the side, how @JhulanG10 is an inspiration and more after the team's victory over England in the 3⃣rd #ENGvIND WODI. 👏 👏
Watch 🎥 👇 pic.twitter.com/967Rz6Kbio
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 4, 2021
England’s Sophie Ecclestone has jumped four slots up in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for bowlers. She is now placed at Number 6.
India Women to face England Women in a three-match T20I series
With the Test and ODIs done and dusted, the Indian Women’s team will take on England in the three-match T20 International series.
The first T20 International will take place on July 9 at Northampton followed by the second T20 International on July 11 at the Hove. The series finale will be on July 15 at Chelmsford.
India lost the one-day international series by 2-1 and also the one-off test match against England. The team has failed to put up a collective performance in this series. Skipper Mithali Raj was the highest run-scorer in the one-day series with 206 runs in 3 matches at an average of 103.