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Mithali Raj tops batting rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 12, 2012

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Mithali Raj scored 58, England Women v India Women, 4th ODI, Truro, July, 8, 2012
Mithali Raj's 251 runs in the series against England pushed her to the No. 1 spot © Getty Images
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Mithali Raj, the India Women's captain, has reclaimed the top spot in the one-day batting rankings, displacing West Indies' Stafanie Taylor.

Raj top scored in the recent five-match series against England, making 251 runs at 83.66, but couldn't prevent India from going down 2-3. Her three half-centuries, including an unbeaten 92 and an unbeaten 94, helped India weather regular top-order failures.

Her team-mate, Harmanpreet Kaur, who was the next highest run-getter in the series, also moved up, jumping from 15th to 7th. England's Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway have also both risen up the rankings, to third and fourth respectively.

The bowling chart continues to be led by Australia's Lisa Sthalekar, whose lead over second-placed Katherine Brunt of England is now only two points. Former India captain Jhulan Goswami remained in fourth spot, after finishing the series with seven wickets.

Batting rankings:
1 Mithali Raj (India), 2 Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), 3 Sarah Taylor (England), 4 Lydia Greenway (England), 5 Alex Blackwell (Australia)

Bowling rankings:
1. Lisa Sthalekar (Australia), 2 Katherine Brunt (England), 3 Ellyse Perry (Australia), 4 Jhulan Goswami (India), 5 Anisa Mohammed (West Indies)

For more on the rankings, click here.

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Posted by RK.Chandru on (July 13, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Another example for how often figures and stats can be misleading.... I'd rather say, it was only due to Mithali's knocks and her poor strike rates, India lost the series. The tall asking rates after her exit only added immense pressure on the subsequent batswomen triggering wickets fall in a heap. By no means, Mithali played selfless cricket.

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 13, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Mitali is good but needs players backing her up in the indian team. It's a team sport.

Posted by chokkashokka on (July 13, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

Good job Mithali - great article as well. Good to see some interesting articles - such a paucity these guys with the Indian mens team taking a much deserved rest. I bet the readers of this website are also taking a summer siesta with the IPL over and Indian powerhouse taking a break. July 21 - until then - tata.

Posted by torsha on (July 13, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

Great going girls. Awesome!

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