Although the captain of the Sri Lanka women’s cricket team, Chamari Athapathtu, has become the first Player from her country to top the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings following a series of 2-1 wins over New Zealand in the ICC Women’s Championship. Though left-handed opening batsman emulated Sanath Jayasuriya as we have known, he’s the only Sri Lankan player to top the men’s ODI batting rankings for 181 days between the year September 2002 and May 2003.
Athapathtu’s two centuries in three matches have lifted her six places, surpassing Harmanpreet Kaur, Meg Lanning, and Laura Wolvaardt and displacing Australia’s Beth Mooney, who had led the batting charts since May 10.
However, Athapathtu won the ‘Player of the Match’ award, as in the first match, she’s 108 83-ball not-outs and 140 80-ball not-outs in the last. She was also named the ‘Player of the Series,’ moving up considerably from her previous career-best seventh position.
What Chamari Athapathtu rating points?
India team captain Harmanpreet Kaur slipped to sixth with 716 points, while vice-captain Smriti Mandhana also slipped one place to seventh with 714 points.
Only two other Sri Lankan players have reached the number one spot in the women’s rankings, both in 2014: left-arm seam bowler Udeshika Prabodhani (T20I bowling) and Shashikala Siriwardene (all-around T20I).
Having scored the country’s top 10 singles scores in women’s ODIs, Chamari Athapathtu is currently the top ODI scorer by a Sri Lankan woman with 758 rating points. The next best is just 587, held by Dedunu Silva, who is also the next highest ranked, reaching 11th place in April 2010. Other Sri Lankans to rise include Kavisha Dilhari, who has 19 places to 37th among batters, and Prabodhini, who has 14 places 32 among bowlers as well.
Therefore, after the match-winning 137 in the second ODI of the series in Galle, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine moved up six places to 13th. According to the latest ranking update, which takes into account performances in the ICC Women’s Championship series in the Caribbean, in which the West Indies beat Ireland 2-0, Gabby Lewis, the Ireland opener, unbeaten from 95th in the final game, has risen her five places to reach 21st place as well. We hope the above article has informed you everything about the topic; if you have any queries, please leave a comment below.