Meg Lanning’s continued absence has worked out well for Mithali Raj, with the Indian captain climbing to the top of the pile in the the latest International Cricket Council rankings for Women One-Day International players.
In the latest update released on Monday (October 30), Raj was at No. 1 with 753 points, well below her career high of 839, recorded in 2004. But it was good enough for her to be ranked ahead of Ellyse Perry (725) and Amy Satterthwaite (720), who both also moved ahead of Lanning (718) into the second and third positions respectively.
Lanning, who led Australia at the Women’s World Cup earlier this year, underwent shoulder surgery in mid-August and was ruled out of action for a lengthy period, forcing her to miss at least the ongoing Ashes series.
While Perry is a part of the Ashes, which Australia lead by four points to two after winning the ODIs 2-1, Raj and Satterthwaite have moved up the charts without playing any international cricket since the end of the World Cup on July 23.
Harmanpreet Kaur is the only other Indian in the top 10, slotting in at No. 6 with 677 points, slightly below her best of 679 achieved in 2014.
Among bowlers, there was no movement at the very top, Marizanne Kapp of South Africa holding on to her perch and Jhulan Goswami at No. 2, with only four points separating them.
Some distance below them at No. 3 was Stafanie Taylor, the Windies captain, while the big mover was Megan Schutt, the Australian medium pacer who picked up 10 wickets in the ODI series win over England.
Schutt rose 13 spots to get to No. 4, just one point ahead of compatriot Jess Jonassen.
Australia’s victory in the ODI leg of the Ashes series also helped them regain the top spot among the teams. England had displaced Australia after their World Cup win, but Australia have now moved ahead by reaching 129 points to England’s 127.