Former Pakistan captain Sana Mir's impressive performances with the ball in the ODI series against Australia have catapulted her to the top of the ICC women's ODI rankings for bowlers. The offspinner, who reached a career-best 663 points, swapped places with Australia's Jess Jonassen, who slipped to No. 4. Mir also overtook South Africa's Marizanne Kapp and Australia pacer Megan Schutt, who is placed second with 660 points.
Mir finished the three-match series as the highest wicket-taker with seven scalps, with figures of 3 for 53, 1 for 57 and 3 for 26.
Alhamdolillah ! Thanks to the Almighty for giving me strength to keep going.— Sana Mir (@mir_sana05) October 23, 2018
Thanks to my parents,family,friends & mentor for unconditional love.
This is a team effort of support staff and players who have helped me excel. I Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart https://t.co/2KTxKeHcdO
However, her efforts went in vain as Australia swept the series 3-0 and overtook New Zealand to lead the Women's Championship points table with 16 points in nine matches, four clear of their neighbours. Pakistan, who have only managed to win four of their nine matches are positioned sixth, above Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Australia's Ellyse Perry and captain Meg Lanning, who struck 124 in the second ODI, retained their top and second positions respectively on the rankings for batsmen. Perry (681) leads Lanning (675) by only six points. Ashleigh Gardner moved up both batting and bowling charts with her all-round effort in the series that included an unbeaten 62 off 37 balls and figures of 3 for 44 in the final match. She is now ranked a career-high 17 among bowlers and 50 among batsmen.
For Pakistan, Nahida Khan is the top-ranked batsman on 25 after scores of 17, 66 and 37 in the ODI series.