The 2022 World Cup has been an excellent showcase of Women’s Cricket. The number of nail-biting contests during the league stage showed how competitive these women are. The performances of players like Laura Wolvaardt, Meg Lanning, etc have played a big role in them jumping up high in the ICC ODI Rankings. Let’s look at the changes in the updated ICC Rankings.
Laura Wolvaardt who’s been the best player in the tournament was not even in the top 10 when the World Cup started. Her magnificent batting showcase in the league stage where she scored 433 runs in 7 matches with 5 fifties has resulted in her becoming the World No.1 ODI batter in the updated ICC Rankings.
Alyssa Healy who was at the top has slipped four spots to No.5 due to her lack of big scores in the World Cup. Smriti Mandhana stays at No.10 and Mithali Raj has moved up 2 spots to No.6.
🇿🇦Laura Wolvaardt jumps 2 spot to occupy top position.
— Female Cricket #CWC22 (@imfemalecricket) March 29, 2022
In the bowling department, Sophie Ecclestone and Jess Jonassen maintain their top 2 positions. Shabnim Ismail who’s taken 10 wickets in the WC has jumped to No.3 from No.4. Jhulan Goswami also moved up to the No.5 position. The all-rounder department remains the same as Ellyse Perry stays at No.1 with team India’s Deepti Sharma and Jhulan Goswami is ranked No.6 and No.10.
With the Semi-Finals starting on Wednesday, the spotlight will be on Laura Wolvaardt, Meg Lanning, Hayley Matthews, and many others as it’s a big platform for these playing to make their positions stronger. Laura Wolvaardt will be the player to watch out for as she is expected to score her impending century against England in the Semi-Finals. Let’s see whether will that happen and also let’s see what all changes will happen in the rankings as the epic tournament comes to an end.
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