Mithali Raj Returns To Top 5 Among ODI Batters: ICC Women’s ODI Rankings

Good news for Indian fans

The ODI captain of the women’s national cricket team, Mithali Raj, has returned to the top five of the ODI batting rankings. Registering a 72 in the series opening match against England in Bristol has made her among the top-scoring players. With over two decades in the cricket world, she was able to safeguard her side from an unstable 22/2, but India was able to only register 201 runs for the loss of eight wickets. However, for England, this was not difficult at all, for they will be looking to retain their ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup title in New Zealand.

Mithali, who was leading the India squad to the finals of the World Cup, held at Lord’s in 2017, has returned to this position for the first time since October 2019. She was able to jump 3 slots to be at the fifth spot with 725 rating points after Bristol Knock. She played a 72-run innings off 108 in the first ODI, in which India lost by eight wickets. However, even after the terrible start, she was able to rescue them, getting reduced to 27 for two inside the initial ten overs.

The Indian leader, who had made her ODI appearance in style in 1999 against Ireland, scoring 114 at Milton Keyes, presently has the second-longest vacation for an Indian worldwide behind Sachin Tendulkar. Raj has played 215 ODIs to date, registering 7120 runs with seven centuries to her name at an average of 51.21 and the most noteworthy score of 125. She has additionally hit 56 half-hundreds of years in ODIs too.

Meanwhile, Shafali Verma, the top-ranked T201 hitter, has entered the ODI rankings in the 120th spot after scoring a 14-ball 15 on debut. On the other hand, All-rounder Pooja Vastrakar has returned in 97th spot among players and 88th among bowlers.

Tammy Beaumont, the England opener, has merged her top spot after her player of the match effort, acquiring 26 ratings, focusing on arriving at 791 after her unbeaten 87. With Beaumont adding an unscratched stand of 119, Nat Sciver hit 74 from as many deliveries to rank up in position eight.

Amidst England’s bowlers, left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, who got 3 for 40, including the wickets of Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur, acquired four openings to sit at number ten. At the same time, pacer Anya Shrubsole jumped three places up to number eight after returns of 2 of 33 in the game.

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