Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana on the rise: ICC women’s rankings announced

Image Source : GETTY Harmanpreet Kaur in action

Highlights

  • Harmanpreet Kaur has been named as the skipper of India’s CWG 2022 squad
  • Smriti Mandhana has been named the vice captain for India’s CWG campaign
  • After Mithali Raj retired, Harmanpreet Kaur was named as India’s all-format skipper

With Commonwealth Games 2022 just around the corner and the Indian contingency gearing up to win the fabled CWG gold medal, the stars of the Indian women’s team, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have strengthened their position in the latest ICC rankings. Before this, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for Commonwealth Games 2022 which will be played in Birmingham.

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Image Source : GETTYSmriti Mandhana ends up on ninth position in ICC rankings

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, courtesy of her splendid show in the Sri Lanka series climbed one place to 13th while her deputy Smriti Mandhana ended up on the ninth place in the latest ICC Women’s ODI rankings released on Tuesday. Kaur scored a staggering 119 runs at an average of 59 and also picked 3 wickets in India’s 3-0 sweep of Sri Lanka in the recently- concluded ODI series. Rewarding her for the all-around show, Kaur was named the player of the series.

Vice captain Smriti Mandhana was also not lagging as she scored 104 runs in three matches at an average of 52. Apart from Mandhana, other Indian batters made notable progress in the recent ICC rankings that were announced. Shafali Verma climbed to three places and reached the 33rd position and Yastika Bhatia is comfortably placed at 45th. Bowling all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar rose to eight places and is now ranked 53rd.

Indian talisman Jhulan Goswami who did not play the white-ball games against Sri Lanka has maintained her sixth position in the bowler’s list.

The batting chart is headed by Australian Alyssa Healy followed by England’s Natalie Sciver, while Englishwoman Sophie Ecclestone and South African Shabnim Ismail continue to take the first and second spots respectively in bowling.

(Inputs from PTI)

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