Mithali Raj reclaims top spot in ODI rankings; Smriti Mandhana rises to third in T20Is

Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana © Getty

India skipper Mithali Raj has reclaimed the top spot in ICC ODI rankings, and India opener Smriti Mandhana has risen to her career-best third place in the T20I rankings.

Raj, who scored half-centuries in all three matches against England, moved to the No 1 ICC ranking for the ninth time in her career as the West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor has slipped down to fifth place after the series against Pakistan.

Taylor rose to the top spot earlier last week, replacing Raj, thanks to her century against Pakistan in the first ODI. However, she was not able to replicate similar performances in the remaining matches. She lost 30 points after scoring 49 and 21 in the two innings she got to bat. As a result, Taylor has come four places down to fifth place in the rankings.

Omaima Sohail, who was the leading runscorer in the ODIs, moved up to a career-best 36th position. Sidra Ameen and Muneeba Ali progressed to 62nd and 68th places, respectively.

Taylor also lost her top spot in the allrounder rankings to Ellyse Perry, moving down to third place. Deandra Dottin rose to 25th rank, while Kyshona Knight and Britney Cooper moved up to 42nd and 81st ranks, respectively.

Among bowlers, West Indies off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who took 12 wickets in the ODI series, advanced to 23rd place. Hayley Matthew and Chinelle Henry rose to 32nd and 67th ranks, respectively.

Mandhana’s 70 in the final T20I against England took her to the third rank among the T20I batters. Deepti Sharma moved one spot up to 36th place, and wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh rose to 72nd rank.

Meanwhile, England opener Danielle Wyatt’s match-winning 89*meant that she moved up to 17th position. Katherine Brunt rose four spots up to the seventh rank among bowlers, and Natalie Sciver went five places up to share the 17th rank with Udeshika Prabodhani.