Smriti Mandhana is having a great run ever since the start of 2018, scoring two centuries and eight fifties in the last 15 games. The opener played the major role in India’s first bilateral series win against New Zealand in New Zealand. Also, She ended the previous year with 669 runs in 12 matches at an average of 66.90. And in 2019, she has been almost Bradman-esque – scoring 196 in three matches at 98.00.
Now, the opener has moved to the top of the ICC ODI rankings with a rating of 751. She sits above the Australian pair of Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning. New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite, who scored back-to-back fifties in the series against India, jumped four spots to take the fourth spot. Meanwhile, Mithali, who led India to their maiden bilateral ODI series win in New Zealand, slipped to take the fifth place. She scored 72 runs in the series which included a sluggish fifty in the second ODI.