Dubai, Jul 4 (PTI) – The latest ICC rankings for women’s ODI batters were released, showing Indian women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana dropping a spot each to sixth and seventh places, respectively. Harmanpreet has 716 rating points, while Mandhana has 714. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu claimed the top spot with 758 points, becoming the first player from her country to achieve this feat.
Bowling Rankings and All-Rounders
In the bowling rankings, India’s left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (617 rating points) and senior off-spinning all-rounder Deepti Sharma secured the eighth and tenth positions, respectively. England’s Sophie Ecclestone leads the list with 751 points. In the all-rounder’s category, India’s Deepti maintained her sixth spot with 322 points.
In the T20I rankings, Smriti Mandhana remained static on the third spot with 722 points. On the other hand, Deepti Sharma moved up a place to secure the fourth position in bowling with 729 points, leaving Renuka Singh in ninth place with 700 points. Deepti also continued to hold on to the third position in the all-rounder’s list with 393 points.
Athapaththu Tops Women’s ODI Player Rankings
Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu became the first player from her country to top the women’s ODI player rankings after a stellar performance in a 2-1 series win over New Zealand in the ICC Women’s Championship. Athapaththu’s two centuries in three matches helped her rise six places, surpassing players like Harmanpreet, Meg Lanning, and Laura Wolvaardt. Her outstanding performance dethroned Australia’s Beth Mooney, who had been at the top of the batting charts since May 10. Athapaththu’s left-handed opener’s achievement is reminiscent of Sanath Jayasuriya, the only Sri Lanka player to have held the top spot in the ODI batting rankings for men, for 181 days between September 2002 and May 2003.
Chamari Athapaththu’s remarkable achievement marks the first time a Sri Lankan woman has attained the top position in the women’s rankings. Her exceptional performance in the series against New Zealand has propelled her to a record-breaking 758 rating points, the highest-ever tally achieved by a Sri Lanka woman in ODIs. The next best tally is just 587 by Dedunu Silva, who reached the 11th position in April 2010.
The latest ICC rankings show a shift in positions for women’s cricket players, with Chamari Athapaththu leading the way as the first Sri Lankan woman to reach the top spot in the ODI batting rankings. The rankings also highlight the consistency of Indian players, with Deepti Sharma holding firm in both the bowling and all-rounder categories. Smriti Mandhana’s presence in the top three of the T20I batting rankings adds further strength to the Indian team’s performance on the international stage. The rankings serve as a reflection of the players’ skills and achievements in the competitive world of women’s cricket.
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