Mithali Raj jumps to second spot after stellar World Cup performance

March 13th, 2009 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, Mar 13 (ANI): Indian opener Mithali Raj, who scored 59 against England and 75 not out against Sri Lanka, has swapped places with Lisa Sthalekar of Australia who has slipped to third place after some disappointing performances with the bat by her high standards.

England duo of Claire Taylor and Isa Guha, and Lisa Sthalekar of Australia, have retained top spots in the ICC Womens ODI Player Rankings after the completion of group stage in the Womens World Cup.

Taylor, the 33-year-old from Buckinghamshire, had started the tournament on 804 points and following knocks of 101 against Sri Lanka and 69 not out against India, she has widened the gap from her closest rival as she now sits comfortably on a career-best 825 points.

In womens ranking terms, 800 points marks out a player as truly outstanding. Taylor heads into the Super Six stage of the tournament leading second-placed Mithali Raj of India by 56 points.

Australias Shelley Nitschke has achieved her career-best ranking after jumping three places to fifth position.

The 32-year-old South Australian is the second leading run-getter in the tournament behind Englishwoman Claire Taylor with 159 runs from three innings.

In the ODI Player Rankings for bowlers, Isa Guha of England leads the field by a distance. Guha had started the tournament on 719 points and has gained 17 valuable points.

Australias Lisa Sthalekar has climbed to second place after gaining two places but her team-mates Shelley Nitschke and Emma Sampson have slipped three and one places to fifth and sixth respectively.

Englands Holly Colvin, South Africa spinner Charlize van der Westhuizan and New Zealands Sophie Devine have achieved career-best rankings while Devines compatriot Aimee Mason has returned to the top 10. (ANI)

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