India pace bowler Jhulan Goswami and Australia batters Beth Mooney, and Alyssa Healy have gained in the latest ICC Women’s ODI Rankings. While the veteran fast bowler jumped to the second spot in the bowlers’ rankings, Mooney and Healy are placed eight and second, respectively in the rankings for the batters.
Goswami picked four wickets and scored 56 vital runs in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against Australia. Her all-around contribution in the third game enabled India to chase 265- their highest successful chase in the ODI cricket. Throughout the series, Goswami was handed over the ball by skipper Mithali Raj to pick wickets, and she didn’t disappoint. As usual, the veteran lead pacer led the attack with aplomb.
Meanwhile, Australia found new heroes throughout the three matches. And this time, it was the turn of Beth Mooney to deliver. The elegant southpaw scored a staggering 177 runs in two ODIs and broke into the top 10 for the first time in the ODI career. In the second ODI, her unbeaten 125 propelled Australia to a nail-biting victory by five wickets. In the third ODI, too her 52 came at a vital time for Australia.
Meanwhile, her teammate Healy has moved to the second position and now is short of 11 points to the number one ranked batter, Lizelle Lee. The Australian wicketkeeper-batter has 750 points. She scored 112 runs in three ODIS. Her 77 in the first ODI allowed Australia to canter home by nine wickets.
On the other hand, Smriti Mandhana and Meg Lanning are sixth and seventh, respectively. The duo had a blown hot and cold during the three games and surprisingly failed to show the consistency, which is generally seen in their batting.