Star girl Taylor jumps up ICC rankings

West Indies star player Stafanie Taylor has stormed into second place in the International Cricket Council's One-Day International Women’s Player Rankings for batters despite her side losing the recently completed five-match ODI series in India.

The 19-year-old all-rounder from Jamaica scored a total of 220 runs in the series, as well as claiming nine wickets, but her efforts were in vain as West Indies lost the series 3-2.

She has also risen six places to 10th in the Reliance ICC ODI Women’s Player Rankings for bowlers and claimed second in the Reliance ICC ODI Women’s Player Rankings for all-rounders – all of these rankings are her highest positions to date.

In her career so far, Taylor has made 1413 runs in 36 matches at 45.5 per innings. She is the only West Indian woman to make two centuries at the international level. She has also taken 45 wickets at 17.4 per wicket.

In the batting rankings the table is still headed by India’s Mithali Raj who had a positive series scoring 171 runs, including an unbeaten century at Rajkot. Raj’s team-mate Amita Sharma has risen up the log to claim 15th place after a couple of positive performances with the bat.

Outside of the top 20, West Indies top-order batter Shanel Daley has shot up 27 places to now occupy 30th in the batting rankings, while India’s wicket-keeper/batter Poonam Raut has climbed a huge 49 places to now sit in joint 37th with Ireland’s Isobel Joyce. Raut’s teammate Rumeli Dar has made a rise of ten places to occupy the position above Raut and Joyce.

In the bowling rankings, the major movement is the drop of India captain Jhulan Goswami to fourth enabling Australia’s Shelley Nitschke to reclaim the Number 1 spot.

It is the first time since January 2006 that Goswami has occupied fourth place in the bowling rankings; from February 2006 onwards the 27-year-old has always been in the top three in the world until now. The 27-year-old took only four wickets in the five-match series at a cost of 115 runs.

West Indies vice-captain Anisa Mohammed has risen 11 places to now occupy 12th after the off-spinner walked away with figures of eight wickets for 129 for the series. Just beneath Mohammed is India’s Gouther Sultana, the 22-year-old bowler took seven for 118 for the series, including 3-10 in Valdora.

The Reliance ICC ODI Women’s Player Rankings for all-rounders see no change in its leader, Nitschke, but Taylor is now second, while Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar is now in third.

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