Women Cricketer Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj, the captain of India's women's Test and ODI teams, has risen to No. 1 in the ICC's women's ODI rankings for batters after an outstanding performance in the three-match series against England, the ICC said on Tuesday.
Mithali Raj has won the title for the 8th time in her illustrious 22-year international career. The 38-year-old scored 59 in the second match and then led India to a four-wicket triumph in the series finale with an undefeated 75, helping India climb four places to the top of the leaderboard.
Mithali Raj began the tour in ninth place, but her series-best total of 206 runs has allowed her to recover the top spot, which she last held in February 2018. She initially achieved number one in April 2005, when she scored an unbroken 91 versus New Zealand at the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in Potchefstroom, marking the longest period of time at the top for any female batter.
Prominent India players who have improved their rankings include big-hitting opener Shafali Verma, who has risen 49 places to 71st, and Jhulan Goswami, who has risen four places to 53rd after scoring 44 and 19 in the last two ODIs of the series.
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