Smriti Mandhana becomes No.1 batter in Women's ODI rankings

Mandhana moved up three places to reach the top spot, and is followed by Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning, at No.2 and 3 respectively.

Smriti Mandhana made her fourth hundred in ODI cricket and led India to a crushing win over New Zealand.   -  Getty Images

Smriti Mandhana has topped the ICC rankings for Women’s batters after scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series in New Zealand.

Mandhana moved up three places to reach the top spot. She is followed by Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning, at No.2 and 3 respectively.

 

Mithali Raj, who moved down a spot, completed the top five.

It was fine recognition for Mandhana, who has been in exemplary form in the one-day format. In the 15 ODIs she has played since the beginning of 2018, she has scored two centuries and eight half-centuries.

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Jemimah Rodrigues was another Indian to have a good day at the rankings. She has played just seven ODIs since making her debut in March last year, but a half-century in the first ODI in Napier helped propel a massive rise of 64 places for the 18-year-old. She now sits at No. 61 in the rankings.

 

Bowling gains

Among the bowlers, India's spin duo of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav jumped five places each and now sit at No. 8 and 9 respectively. Yadav took six wickets in the series to Sharma’s four, while Ekta Bisht jumped up nine places to No.13 after claiming five wickets in the series.

Jhulan Goswami, whose 3/23 in the second ODI set up the series win, rose one place to No.4 and is the highest-ranked Indian in the top five, with Pakistan’s Sana Mir, Australia’s Megan Schutt and South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp above her.