Jhulan Goswami in action. ©CSA

Jhulan Goswami tops the ICC ODI Player Ranking after playing a crucial role in the 2-1 home series win against England in ICC Women’s Championship. She finished with eight wickets in the series while helping her team reach the second position in the eight-team championship that provides direct qualification berths with hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

Goswami is the most successful bowlers in ODIs with 218 wickets. She has also inched closer to record for the most number of days at the top with only retired Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick having spent more time at the top, for 2113 days.

Goswami’s compatriot, Shikha Pandey has gained 12 spots to reach the fifth position after also finishing with eight wickets against England. This also marks the first time in nine years that two India bowlers are in the top five after Goswami and Rumeli Dhar were in that bracket in 2010.

Smriti Mandhana, the current India T20I captain, has also seized the top position with a career-best 797 points in ODI rankings. She is the leading run-scorer in the current edition of the ICC Women’s Championship with 837 runs.

The last time Indians topped both the batting and bowling list was in March 2012, when Mithali Raj and Goswami led the tables.

Also, Natalie Sciver was elevated up 10 places to 5th position to reach a career-best fifth place after scoring 130 runs in the series, second only to Mandhana’s 153. Her compatriot Danielle Wyatt gained up seven places to 34th position to reach a career-best 34th position.

Other players to move up in the rankings update include Australia’s Alyssa Healy (up one place to 15th) and Rachael Haynes (up seven places to 21st) and New Zealand’s Sophie Devine (up two places to 10th) and Katie Perkins (up six places to 31st) among batters.

Among bowlers, Jess Jonnasen of Australia (up two places to second) and Sophie Ecclestone of England (up four places to 20th) are the notable movers while the all-rounders’ list sees Sciver (up two places to fifth) and Devine (up three places to 7th).

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