Harmanpreet, Athapaththu rise in ICC women’s rankings

Dubai, July 12 (FN Agency) India captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu have risen up in the ICC women’s ODI player rankings after the final match of their ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) series played in Pallekele. As latest ranking released on Tuesday, Harmanpreet moved up one slot to 13th position. Her Player of the Match effort of 75 helping her gain 12 rating points.Athapaththu’s knock of 44 has helped her advance two slots to a career best-equaling eighth position, which she had first attained after an epic 178 off 143 balls against Australia in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in Bristol five years ago.

Harmanpreet, who finished with 119 runs and three wickets in India’s 3-0 win and was named Player of the Series, has also moved up eight slots to 71st among bowlers and four spots to 20th among all-rounders. Other India batters to move up in the rankings include opener Shafali Verma (up three places to 33rd), Yastika Bhatia (up one place to 45th) and Pooja Vastrakar (up eight places to 53rd).In the rankings for bowlers, Rajeshwari Gayakwad is climbed three places to joint-ninth after grabbing three for 36 while Meghna Singh (up four places to 43rd) and Vastrakar (up two places to joint-48th) have also advanced.