Sana Mir in action. ©ICC

Veteran Pakistan bowler Sana Mir secures the top spot in the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings. Though Pakistan lost the series against Australia by 3-0 in their ICC Women’s Championship series, Mir’s wonderful bowling performance helped her to become the first Pakistan player to top the chart with 663 points.

Mir scalped seven wickets in the three matches against Australia. She surpassed South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp, Australia’s Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen. The 32-year-old has topped the chart of the highest wicket-taker of ICC Women’s Championship (2017-20) by taking 24 wickets in 9 matches so far.

“This is a team effort of support staff and players who have helped me excel,” Mir expressed her gratitude on Twitter. “I would also like to thank ICC for providing us regular opportunities to play with the big teams through ICC women Championship and to coach Mark Coles, who chose to look at my skill rather than my age.”

Australia captain Meg Lanning retained the second spot among the batters with 675 points, after giving a top-class batting performance with 124 in the second ODI against Pakistan.

All-rounder of Australia, Ashleigh Gardner too has shone with both bat and ball. Her 37-ball 62* at the No. 7 position and 3/44 set the stage of Australia’s win along with Alyssa Healy’s well-made 97 in the last ODI over Pakistan. Gardner jumped up to nine spots and secured the career-best No. 17 among bowlers and also to No. 50 among batters. Healy too moved up to two spots and currently sharing the No. 16 spot with South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt with the career-best 574 points till date.

Australia opener Nicole Bolton, couldn’t perform well and failed to hold her position in the top 10. She is currently at the No. 11 among the batters after slipping six spots. Pakistan batter Nahida Khan had a good series with the scores of 17, 66 and 37 respectively which helped her to secure the career-best 25th spot with 497 points.

However, Australia topped the charts of the ICC Women’s Championship with 16 points after their series win over Pakistan. Whereas Pakistan are at the No. 6 position with 8 points, above South Africa and Sri Lanka on the table.

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