Jhulan, Mithali lead Indian players parade in Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Womens Rankings

October 16th, 2008 - 2:42 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Oct.16 (ANI): Indian women’’s cricket team captain Jhulan Goswami has topped the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Womens Rankings for bowlers which were launched in Mumbai on Thursday.
Jhulan, who won the ICC Womens Cricketer of the Year award at the ICC Awards in Johannesburg in 2007, leads England fast bowler Isa Guha. The 24-year-old fast bowler has a good opportunity to open up the gap with Guha as she leads India on the tour of Australia later this month.
Jhulan is Indias second most successful bowler with 104 wickets. Left-arm spinner Neetu David, who is Indias most successful bowler with 144 wickets, is just behind team-mates Rumeli Dhar (12th) and Amita Sharma (13th) in 14th place.
In the batting list, former captain Mithali Raj is in second place and trails Englands Claire Taylor by a distance. She is one of the three Indian batters in the top 20 with the other two being Jaya Sharma (13th) and Anjum Chopra (15th).
The rankings have been introduced as part of the ICCs continued promotion of womens cricket. They will initially apply to ODI cricket only and will help identify where the leading players stand in womens international cricket to add further competition and context to their achievements.
The first set of the rankings have been released ahead of the eagerly awaited series between Australia and India to be played in Sydney and Canberra from 31 October to 9 November.
The other series to be played in the lead-up to the ICC Womens World Cup in March 2009 include the five-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Sri Lanka from 5 November to 12 November and the traditional Rose Bowl series between New Zealand and Australia in New Zealand from 1 to 12 February.
Next year will be huge for womens cricket with the ICC Womens World Cup to be played in Sydney, Australia, from 7 to 22 March. This will be the first time the biggest event in womens cricket will be played under the banner of the ICC following the merger with the International Womens Cricket Council in 2005.
Then in June, the ICC World Twenty20 in England will include a mens and womens competition running simultaneously. The semi-finals and final of the womens event will be played at the same venue on the same day as the mens tournament. (ANI)

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