Smriti Mandhana Shines in ODI Rankings with Career-Best Third Spot

Smriti Mandhana Shines in ODI Rankings with Career-Best Third Spot

On Tuesday, the ICC Women’s ODI batting rankings were announced, and India’s vice-captain, Smriti Mandhana, shot up two spots to take the third rank. With a match-winning 117 runs—her first hundred at home—the left-handed opener helped India beat South Africa by 143 runs in a three-match series.

After losing her top spot to England’s Natalie Sciver-Brunt, Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu is now in second place with 715 points, behind Mandhana. Last month, Sciver-Brunt scored an outstanding 124 not out against Pakistan, reclaiming her position as top scorer.

Meanwhile, Pooja Vastrakar rose three spots to 38th, and veteran India all-rounder Deepti Sharma climbed up three spots and achieved 20th rank. Vastrakar made the most significant jump in the all-rounder rankings, climbing up four spots to take over the 18th spot in the ranking. Veteran South African Marizanne Kapp is still the best one-day international all-rounder.

After a clean 2/10 in the first game of the series, Deepti improved his ODI bowling ranking by one spot, moving up to fourth. Her commanding lead in the standings served as a reminder of England spinner Sophie Ecclestone’s continued dominance in one-day international bowling.