The legendary Jhulan Goswami, who recently retired from international cricket, finished her 50-over career as the fifth-ranked bowler in the world while India captain Harmanpreet Kaur reached the fifth position in the latest ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings, released on Tuesday.
Playing her last series, the 39-year-old Goswami picked three in three games including two in the last one and played her part in India’s 3-0 series sweep over England by being the most economical bowler across the two sides, with an economy rate of 3.00 over 27 overs.
On the other hand, Harmanpreet, who smashed a match-winning 143 not out off 111 deliveries in the second match in Canterbury, has gained four slots to reach the fifth position while opener Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma have also moved up in the latest ranking that considers performances in the last two matches of that series as well as the IWC series between the West Indies and New Zealand.
Mandhana, a formerly top-ranked batter, who scored 40 and 50 in the two matches, has inched up one place to take the sixth position while Sharma’s unbeaten 68 not out in the third match at Lord’s has lifted her eight places to 24th position.
Pooja Vastrakar (up four places to 49th) and Harleen Deol (up 46 places to 81st) are other Indian players to move up the batters’ list while new-ball bowler Renuka Singh has galloped 35 places to take 35th position after grabbing four wickets each in the two matches.
Meanwhile, England’s Danny Wyatt, who scored 65 in the second match, has gained two slots to reach 21st position among batters while Amy Jones is up four places to 30th. Charlie Dean has progressed 24 places to get to 62nd among batters and one slot to 19th among bowlers.