Mithali Raj Jumps to 2nd Place as ICC releases updated ODI Batting Ranking

In the updated ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings announced on Tuesday, India’s legend Mithali Raj moved up one place to occupy the 2nd spot with the rating of 738. The ranking led by Australia’s Alyssa Healy (Rating-750), saw the 2021 ODI cricketer of the year, Lizelle Lee (Rating-731) dropping one place after missing out on the ODI series against West Indies due to Coronavirus.


Mithali Raj is the leading run-scorer in Women's ODI Cricket
Mithali Raj is the leading run-scorer in Women’s ODI Cricket. PC: Getty Images


While the next five spots remained unchanged, West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor dropped two spots from 9th to 11th as England’s captain Heather Knight (Rating-674) and Australia’s vice-captain Rachael Haynes (Rating-668) moved up by a place to 9th and 10th spot respectively.

Though with a rating just one less than Haynes, Taylor has a chance to make it back to the top 10 with 2 ODIs against South Africa still left. In addition to this, Aussies star all-rounder Ellyse Perry also saw a 2-place increase to 12th position, and the English all-rounder Natalie Sciver jumped to the top spot in the all-rounders ranking in the format, saw a one place increase to 14th in the batters ranking too. Further South Africa’s Tazmin Brits saw a major jump of 25 spots to occupy the 64th position. Her rise is the highest after the two ODIs between South Africa and West Indies.

It is to be noted that we have a number of ODIs scheduled in the coming weeks- West Indies women tour of South Africa, Australia vs England ODIs in Ashes, and India Women’s tour of New Zealand which will lead to further updation in the rankings. Thus, it would be exciting to see who will occupy the top positions at the start of ICC Women’s World Cup in March.

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