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April 13, 2021

Wolvaardt attains career-best ODI ranking

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South Africa opener Laura Wolvaardt (Photo ICC)

South Africa opener Laura Wolvaardt has moved up two places to a career-best seventh position in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after helping her team complete a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan.

Wolvaardt was the most successful batter from the home side scoring 125 runs in the series, which included a fine 58 in the final match. She is now joint-seventh along with Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry and ahead of India’s Mithali Raj by four points.

Marizanne Kapp’s 115 runs in the series see her gain four places and reach 22nd position while other South Africa batters to gain in the latest rankings update include Lara Goodall (up seven places to 72nd) and Shabnim Ismail (up five places to 84th).

Fast bowlers Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka have retained their fourth and 12th positions after finishing with seven wickets each in the series while 20-year-old left-arm spinner Nonkululek Mlaba has entered the rankings in 57th position.

There is notable progress by Pakistan players despite losing the series.

Aliya Riaz has gained 15 places to reach a career-best 36th position after topping the series aggregate with 136 runs while Nida Dar too has made huge gains, moving from 54th to 44th position with 124 runs. Omaima Sohail is up to 53rd position while Nashra Sandhu, Diana Baig and Sidra Nawaz too have progressed.

Among Pakistan’s bowlers, Nashra has gained three slots to reach 16th position with six wickets in the series while Diana Baig has moved from 40th to 35th with nine wickets, the most by any bowler from either side.

In the ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings, South Africa and Pakistan retain their fourth and seventh positions, respectively.

ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 27 January 2021 after the South Africa-Pakistan series):

Batters (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       Meg Lanning     Aus      749      55.08   878 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   2        ( – )       Stafanie Taylor  WI        746      44.01   788 v India at St Kitts (WP) 2012

   3        ( – )       Alyssa Healy     Aus      741!     32.81   741 v NZ at Brisbane – AB 2020

   4        ( – )       S Mandhana      India     732       43.08   799 v Eng at Mumbai 2019

   5        ( – )       A Satterthwaite  NZ        723       38.93   781 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017

   6        ( – )       T Beaumont      Eng      716       41.87   737 v Aus at Leicester 2019

   7=      ( – )       Ellyse Perry       Aus      691       52.10   776 v India at Vadodara 2018

            (+2)      L Wolvaardt      SA        691       45.36   712 v NZ at Auckland 2020

   9        (+1)      Mithali Raj         India     687       50.64   880 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

  10       (-2)       Lizelle Lee         SA        681       33.72   777 v Eng at Hove 2018

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team     Pts       Avge    Highest Rating

  22       (+4)      M Kapp              SA       558       28.66    595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  36       (+15)     Aliya Riaz          Pak       410*!    20.96    410 v SA at Durban 2021

  44       (+10)     Nida Dar           Pak      360       16.16    361 v SA at Durban 2021

  53       (+15)     Omaima Sohail Pak      310*      18.09    337 v SA at Durban 2021

  72       (+7)      Lara Goodall     SA        215*      15.58    225 v Pak at Durban 2021

  80       (+2)      Nashra Sandhu Pak      192*      3.63     215 v Ban at Lahore 2019

  84       (+5)      Shabnim Ismail  SA        185       11.62    320 v Ire at Doha 2014

  90       (+28)     Diana Baig        Pak      170*!     7.00     170 v SA at Durban 2021

  91       (+8)      Sidra Nawaz      Pak      168*      7.89     187 v NZ at Lincoln 2016

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team     Pts       Avge     Eco     Highest Rating

1        ( – )       Jess Jonassen  Aus      804!      20.00    3.97     804 v NZ at Brisbane – AB 2020

   2        (+1)      Megan Schutt    Aus      735      22.50    4.22     766 v WI at Antigua 2019

   3        (-1)       M Kapp              SA       711      23.50    3.69     738 v NZ at Hamilton 2020

   4        ( – )       Shabnim Ismail  SA        708      20.70    3.61     717 v NZ at Hamilton 2020

   5        ( – )       J Goswami        India     691      21.48    3.28     816 v Eng at Chennai 2007

   6        ( – )       Poonam Yadav India     679!     20.84    3.76     679 v WI at Antigua 2019

   7        ( – )       Shikha Pandey  India     675      21.06    3.94     696 v SA at Vadodara 2019

   8        ( – )       Ellyse Perry       Aus      666      24.28    4.33     738 v India at Mumbai 2012

   9        ( – )       Anya Shrubsole Eng      645      25.62    4.17     655 v SL at Katunayake 2019

  10       ( – )       Deepti Sharma  India     639      27.18    3.84     653 v Eng at Mumbai 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team     Pts        Avge     Eco     Highest Rating

  16       (+3)      N Sandhu          Pak      561*!     27.37   4.15     561 v SA at Durban 2021

  35       (+5)      Diana Baig        Pak      394*!     27.78   4.83     394 v SA at Durban 2021

  57       (NEW)   N Mlaba            SA        238*!     106.00 3.53     238 v Pak at Durban 2021

  63       (+21)     Sadia Iqbal       Pak      212*      42.33   4.23     216 v SA at Durban 2021

  79       (RE)      Kainat Imtiaz     Pak      115*      39.88   6.18     151 v WI at Dubai (GCA) 2019

  80       (+21)     Fatima Sana      Pak      112*      58.00   6.00     118 v SA at Durban 2021

  81       (+6)      Omaima Sohail Pak      105*!     37.00   4.62     105 v SA at Durban 2021

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating

1        ( – )       Ellyse Perry       Aus      460      545 v WI at Antigua 2019

   2        ( – )       S Taylor            WI        410      599 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   3        ( – )       M Kapp              SA       396      412 v Pak at Durban 2021

   4        ( – )       Deepti Sharma  India     359      401 v NZ at Hamilton 2019

   5        (+1)      Jess Jonassen  Aus      301!     301 v NZ at Brisbane – AB 2020

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