In the latest ICC women’s ODI rankings, released on July 5, India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana moved up a rung to eighth place in the batter’s chart.
Mandhana, who hit an 83-ball unbeaten 94 in India’s 10 wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second One Day International on July 4, is the only Indian in the top ten batting chart, which is led by Australian Alyssa Healey and followed by England’s Natalie Sciver.
Deepti Sharma and Shafali Verma have made significant improvements to their positions after helping India to an unassailable 2-0 lead over Sri Lanka in the three match ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) series in Pallekele.
Deepti and Verma moved to the 29th and 36th position respectively
Deepti, who grabbed three for 25 and scored an unbeaten 22, has moved up two places to the 29th position among batters and three slots to 16th among bowlers. In the rankings for all rounders, she has gained 20 rating points to reach within one point of Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner, who is sixth on the list.
Verma, who is leading the run aggregate in the series with 106 runs including an unbeaten 71 in the second match, is up 12 places to a career-best 36th among batters. She is currently ranked fifth in the T20 list.
Other who jumped up in the list
Other Indians to move up the batters’ list are Pooja Vastrakar (up three places to 61st), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (up four places to 93rd) and Meghna Singh (up seven places to 100th).
They have all also moved up the bowlers’ list Gayakwad from 12th to 11th, Meghna from 58th to 47th and Vastrakar from 57th to 50th.
Pacer Renuka Singh is also a major gainer, her seven wickets has lifted her 38 places to 65th position.
The two wins have taken India to joint second position with Pakistan in the IWC points table. A win in the last match against Sri Lanka will see them catch up with South Africa at the top of the table with six points.