Goswami back at the top of ODI rankings

Jhulan Goswami gave Mansi Joshi good support with the wickets of Nipuni Hansika and Udeshika Prabodhani
India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has seized back the top position for bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after playing an important role in a 2-1 home series win over England in the ICC Women’s Championship.

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Goswami, who last held the top spot in February 2017, finished with eight wickets in the series while helping her team reach second position in the eight-team championship that provides direct qualification berths to hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

The latest rankings update also takes into account performances of another ICC Women’s Championship series that saw defending champions Australia score a facile 3-0 win over New Zealand to move closer to clinching a direct berth as they are now at the top with 22 points from 12 matches. India are second with 16 from 15 while New Zealand are on 14 from 15. Reigning World champions England are behind South Africa in fifth position, with 12 points from 12 matches.

Goswami, the most successful bowler in ODIs with 218 wickets, has inched closer to the record for the most number of days at the top. She has now been number one for 1873 days, with only retired Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick having spent more time at the top, for 2113 days.

Goswami’s new-ball partner Shikha Pandey has gained 12 spots to reach fifth position after also finishing with eight wickets against England. It is for the first time in nine years that two India bowlers are in the top five after Goswami and Rumeli Dhar were in that bracket in 2010.

Goswami has 218 ODI wickets at an average of 21.34
Goswami has 218 ODI wickets at an average of 21.34

Stylish left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana, who is the leading run-scorer in the current edition of the ICC Women’s Championship with 837 runs, has consolidated her position at the top with a career-best 797 points. The last time Indians topped both the batting and bowling lists was in March 2012, when Mithali Raj and Goswami led the tables.

In another important movement, Natalie Sciver has advanced 10 slots to reach a career-best fifth place after scoring 130 runs in the series, second only to Mandhana’s 153. Sciver’s previous best was seventh position, in July 2017. Her compatriot Danielle Wyatt has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 34th position.

Other players to move up in the rankings update include Australia’s Alyssa Healy (up one place to 15th) and Rachael Haynes (up seven places to 21st) and New Zealand’s Sophie Devine (up two places to 10th) and Katie Perkins (up six places to 31st) among batters.

Among bowlers, Jess Jonnasen of Australia (up two places to second) and Sophie Ecclestone of England (up four places to 20th) are the notable movers while the all-rounders’ list sees Sciver gain two places to fifth and Devine move up three places to seventh.

In an upcoming series starting 16 March, England would be looking to overtake India with a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka, who are at the bottom of the table with only one win from 12 matches.

For Sri Lanka, captain and aggressive left-handed batter Chamari Athapaththu will be looking to get back into the top 10 from her present 11th position while former captain Inoka Ranaweera would be similarly hoping to improve her position from the 20th place that she currently occupies.

Some highlights of the ODI rankings:

Batting

• Amy Satterthwaite (NZ) up one place to third

• Mithali Raj (Ind) up one place to fourth

• Natalie Sciver (Eng) up 10 places to fifth

• Sophie Devine (NZ) up two places to 10th

• Heather Knight (Eng) up one place to 12th

• Alyssa Healy (Aus) up one place to 15th

• Rachael Haynes (Aus) up seven places to 21st

• Beth Mooney (Aus) up three places to 23rd

• Katie Perkins (NZ) up six places to 31st

• Danielle Wyatt (Eng) up seven places to 34th

• Jess Jonassen (Aus) up eight places to 49th

• Jemimah Rodrigues (Ind) up 10 places to 49th

• Poonam Yadav (Ind) up five places to 64th

• Georgia Elwiss (Eng) up 14 places to 74th

Bowling

• Jhulan Goswami (Ind) up two places to first

• Jess Jonassen (Aus) up two places to second

• Shikha Pandey (Ind) up 12 places to fifth

• Ellyse Perry (Aus) up one place to ninth

• Ashley Gardner (Aus) up two places to 18th

• Sophie Ecclestone (Eng) up four places to 20th

• Sophie Devine (NZ) up 10 places to 32nd

• Natalie Sciver (Eng) up two places to 35th

• Georgia Elwiss (Eng) up 13 places to 41st

• Georgia Wareham (Aus) up 41 places to 66th

• Hayley Jensen (NZ) up 10 places to 69th

Upcoming fixtures

Sri Lanka v England: 16 and 18 March (Hambantota); 21 March (Katunayake)

ICC Women’s Championship results, statistics, points standings and fixtures are available here

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 4 March, 2019)

Batters (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

S. Mandhana

India

797!

42.41

797 v Eng at Mumbai 2019

2

( - )

Ellyse Perry

Aus

756

51.84

773 v India at Vadodara 2018

3

(+1)

A.Satterthwaite

NZ

755

38.98

777 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017

4

(+1)

Mithali Raj

India

713

51.29

878 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

5=

(+3)

Stafanie Taylor

Win

695

43.96

785 v India at St Kitts (WP) 2012

 

(+10)

Natalie Sciver

Eng

695

38.4

712 v India at Mumbai 2019

7

-4

Meg Lanning

Aus

691

51.14

878 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

8

-2

T. Beaumont

Eng

687

40.1

706 v NZ at Leicester 2018

9

-2

Suzie Bates

NZ

679

42.64

796 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016

10

(+2)

Sophie Devine

NZ

678!

32.17

678 v Aus at Melbourne 2019

11

-1

C. Athapaththu

SL

673

31.64

691 v SA at Potchefstroom 2019

12

(+1)

Heather Knight

Eng

670

36.65

678 v NZ at Headingley 2018

13

-2

Lizelle Lee

SA

664

33.69

774 v Eng at Hove 2018

14

( - )

D van Niekerk

SA

650

36.57

677 v SL at Potchefstroom 2019

15=

-6

Nicole Bolton

Aus

636

43.93

728 v India at Vadodara 2018

 

(+1)

Alyssa Healy

Aus

636!

24.76

636 v NZ at Melbourne 2019

17

( - )

Deepti Sharma

India

617

41.81

626 v NZ at Hamilton 2019

18

( - )

L. Wolvaardt

SA

615

43.79

633 v Win at Bridgetown 2018

19

(+1)

Deandra Dottin

Win

601

28.33

700 v NZ at Kingston 2013

20

-1

H. Kaur

India

572

34.52

720 v Eng at Lord's 2017

 

Bowlers (top 20)

 

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Economy 

Highest Rating

1

(+2)

J. Goswami

India

730

21.34

3.25

816 v Eng at Chennai 2007

2

(+2)

Jess Jonassen

Aus

723

22.05

4.17

730 v NZ at Adelaide 2019

3

-2

Sana Mir

Pak

718

24.68

3.68

719 v Win at Dubai (GCA) 2019

4

-2

M Schutt

Aus

690

23.69

4.39

721 v Pak at Kuala Lumpur 2018

5

(+12)

Shikha Pandey

India

688*!

20.5

3.9

688 v Eng at Mumbai 2019

6

(+1)

Katherine Brunt

Eng

681

23.38

3.48

811 v India at Mumbai 2013

7

-2

M. Kapp

SA

678

24.11

3.67

735 v India at Potchefstroom (N 2017

8

-2

Shibnam Ismail

SA

663

20.53

3.6

699 v Eng at Worcester 2018

9

(+1)

Ellyse Perry

Aus

657

26.12

4.37

738 v India at Mumbai 2012

10

-1

Poonam Yadav

India

656*!

21.09

3.8

656 v Eng at Mumbai 2019

11

-3

Deepti Sharma

India

630

27.39

3.87

650 v Eng at Mumbai 2019

12

-1

Ekta Bisht

India

620

21.28

3.65

659 v Pak at Derby 2017

13

-1

Anya Shrubsole

Eng

614

27.52

4.25

654 v Aus at New South Wales 2017

14=

-1

D. van Niekerk

SA

597

19.28

3.52

661 v Ban at Kimberley 2018

 

-1

Stafanie Taylor

Win

597

19.5

3.28

798 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014

16

-1

Lea Tahuhu

NZ

588

31.24

4.33

610 v Aus at Perth 2019

17

-1

A. Khaka

SA

581

28

4.13

676 v Eng at Worcester 2018

18=

-1

Leigh Kasperek

NZ

554*

18.98

3.82

564 v India at Hamilton 2019

 

(+2)

A. Gardner

Aus

554*

27.17

4.32

556 v NZ at Perth 2019

20=

(+1)

I. Ranaweera

SL

542

28.3

4.25

546 v Pak at Dambulla 2018

 

-1

Amelia Kerr

NZ

542*

22.17

4.25

558 v Eng at Headingley 2018

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Ellyse Perry

Aus

496

504 v India at Hobart 2016

2

( - )

Stafanie Taylor

Win

414

602 v NZ at Kingston 2013

3=

(+1)

D van Niekerk

SA

388

421 v SL at Potchefstroom 2019

 

( - )

Deepti Sharma

India

388

397 v NZ at Hamilton 2019

5

(+2)

Natalie Sciver

Eng

302/*!

302 v India at Mumbai 2019

 

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