ICC Women’s ODI Rankings: India’s captain Mithali Raj drops to 4th, Australia’s skipper Meg Lanning rises to 2nd

Indian captain Mithali Raj dropped to fourth place, while Australian skipper Meg Lanning climbed two spots in the latest women’s rankings for ODI batters.

ICC Women's ODI Rankings: Mithali Raj is the only Indian batter in the top five (courtesy BCCI)

ICC Women’s ODI Rankings: Mithali Raj is the only Indian batter in the top five (courtesy BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mithali Raj dropped to 4th in the latest ICC Women’s ODI batters rankings
  • Meg Lanning has jumped two spots to 2nd in the latest ODI rankings
  • Meg Lanning is now just one and 15 rating points away from the top spot

Australian skipper Meg Lanning climbed to second place while Indian captain Mithali Raj fell to fourth in the latest women’s rankings for ODI batters. The first five matches of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 have caused a lot of movement in the latest update of the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings.

Lanning was in phenomenal form in the first game of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup against England, hitting 86 in 110 balls, seven fours and a six, helping Australia reach a whopping 310 total.

Player of the match Rachael Haynes, who scored a brilliant 130 out of 131, climbed six spots and broke into the top 10 to take 7th place in the leaderboard. The game’s other centurion – Englishman Nat Sciver – rose five places to 6th place.

West Indies’ Hayley Matthews has made notable gains across the board for batters, bowlers and all-rounders. She was the player of the match in the West Indies three-run heist against New Zealand – she hit a brilliant 119 to set a 260 goal for the White Ferns and then accounted for wickets of the in-form Amelia Kerr and Brooke Halliday.

Matthews broke into the top 5 on the all-around list, climbing six spots to No. 4 and moving up a whopping 12 spots to No. 20 for batters and three spots to No. 10 for bowlers. Among the other players to climb the rankings was South Africa’s Ayabonga Khaka, who moved her up to sixth with a four-pointer against Bangladesh in the opening game.

Additionally, Indian pairing Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar – who added 122 for India’s seventh wicket to lift them from 114-6 against Pakistan – both advanced to their best positions of their careers with the bat.

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