Mithali No. 1

A Staff reporter

Calcutta: Mithali Raj will enter the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 as the No. 1 ranked batter on the ICC Women's Player Rankings for ODI batters.

Raj, who is appearing in her fourth successive Women's World Cup and is also the India captain, will lead her side in the opening match of the tournament on 31 January at the Cricket Club of India (Brabourne Stadium) in a Group A match against West Indies.

Other teams in Group A of the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 are 2009 champion England and Sri Lanka. Group B contains Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan. The tournament is scheduled to be held from 31 January to 17 February.

Raj currently tops the batting table with 767 ratings points. West Indies' Stafanie Taylor is ranked second, 22 ratings points behind.

The England duo of Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway are third and fourth respectively, while New Zealand's Amy Satterthwaite in fifth spot completes the top five..

The fight for the top slot in the Reliance ICC Women's Player Rankings for ODI bowlers is even more interesting.

England's Katherine Brunt currently heads the bowlers' table with 777 ratings points. But Brunt will face a tough challenge from Australia's Lisa Sthalekar, who is currently second with 764 ratings points.

India's Jhulan Goswami is at third, Ellyse Perry of Australia in fourth and England's Laura Marsh in fifth are the other bowlers within the top 10 who are likely to make improvements.

Stafanie Taylor is currently the clear leader in the ICC Women's Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders.


Batters: 1. Mithali Raj (Ind); 2. Stafanie Taylor (WI); 3. Sarah Taylor (Eng); 4. Lydia Greenway (Eng); 5 A. Satterthwaite (NZ)

Bowlers: 1. Katherine Brunt (Eng); 2. Lisa Sthalekar (Aus); 3. Jhulan Goswami (Ind); 4. Ellyse Perry (Aus); 5. Laura Marsh (Eng)