Legendary Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami, who recently announced her retirement from international cricket, finished her ODI career as the fifth-ranked bowler in the world while India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur reached the fifth position in the latest ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings, released on Tuesday.
Playing her last ODI series, the 39-year-old Goswami scalped three in as many games, helping India register a 3-0 series sweep over hosts England. She was the most economical bowler across the two sides, with an economy rate of 3.00 over 27 overs.
On the other hand, Harmanpreet, who smashed a match-winning 143 not out off 111 deliveries in the second match in Canterbury, gained four slots to reach the fifth spot while opener Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma have also moved up in the latest ranking that considers performances in the last two matches of that series as well as the IWC series between the West Indies and New Zealand.
Mandhana, a formerly top-ranked batter, who scored 40 and 50 in the two matches, has inched up one place to take the sixth position while Sharma’s unbeaten 68 not out in the third match at Lord’s has lifted her eight places to 24th position.
Pooja Vastrakar (up four places to 49th) and Harleen Deol (up 46 places to 81st) are other Indian players to move up the batters’ list while new-ball bowler Renuka Singh has galloped 35 places to take 35th position after grabbing four wickets each in the two matches.