Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma make big strides in ICC ODI Player Rankings

Shafali Verma (L) and Deepti Sharma (R) © Getty Images

Numerous Indian players have made great strides in the ICC ODI Player Rankings on the back of impressive starts in the ongoing three-match ODI series against hosts Sri Lanka.

India’s young opening sensation, Shafali Verma started the series with a 35-run knock and followed it up with a sublime score of 71* in the second ODI that eventually helped the visitors to seal the game by ten wickets. As a result, Verma has climbed 12 places and is currently occupying the 36th position in the ICC batters’ rankings.

Experienced left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad is just inches away from breaking into the top-ten ICC ODI bowling rankings. She has advanced one place to bag the 11th spot. Although she has only bagged one wicket in the series thus far, her miserly economy rate (57 runs in 19 overs; at three runs per over) has helped her cause and the Indian team a great deal in the island nation.

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Among the other Indian players who have benefitted from good outings with the ball in hand thus far is Deepti Sharma. Sharma has climbed three places and is now occupying the 16th place in the bowling rankings. The 24-year-old has bagged five scalps in the series so far – a three-wicket haul in the first ODI and a double-wicket performance in the second one-dayer.

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has advanced eight places to 24th in the allrounder rankings after a good performance in the first ODI. She claimed one wicket and merely conceded 13 runs with the ball in hand and followed it up with a match-winning 44-run knock while chasing.

In the Sri Lankan camp, two unsuccessful outings with the willow have impacted Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu’s ranking as she has slipped two spots to tenth in the batting rankings. But her compatriot, left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera’s superb spell of 4/39 in the first ODI has helped her climb five places to 21st in the bowling rankings.