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Jhulan tops bowlers' rankings

October 16, 2008 16:07 IST

Claire Taylor of England, India captain Jhulan Goswami and Australia's Lisa Sthalekar are on top of the world in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Women's Rankings, which were launched in Mumbai on Thursday.

Thirty-three-year-old Taylor spearheads a strong field of six England batters in the top 20 while fast bowler Jhulan leads the bowlers' chart and Sthalekar is just ahead of her team-mate Shelley Nitschke in the all-rounders' listing.

The rankings have been introduced as part of the ICC's continued promotion of women's cricket. They will initially apply to ODI cricket only and will help identify where the leading players stand in women's international cricket to add further competition and context to their achievements.

"Women's cricket is definitely on the rise and the launch of the ODI rankings is just an indication of this. Since ICC took over the women's game in 2005 the number of countries playing women's cricket has quadrupled," said former South Africa wicket-keeper-batsman Richardson, the International Cricket Council's manager for cricket operations.

"The women's ODI rankings are exactly similar to the men's rankings. The next year is an important one for the women's game, with the ICC World Cup scheduled in Australia in March followed by the T20 Women's World Cup, which is to be held concurrently with the men's T20 World Cup," he said.

"The T20 semi-finals and final of both events are scheduled at the same venue and same day. The ICC centenary celebrations are being held in 2009 and women's cricket forms an important part of the celebrations," Richardson added.

Jhulan, who will lead India to Australia shortly for a series of one-day internationals preceded by a T20 international, said she was greatly honoured to be the world's No 1 bowler as per the rankings list released on Thursday.

She said the Indian men's team's fine display Down Under earlier this year, and the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team's triangular series 2-0 win over Australia in the best-of-three finals, will inspire her team on the upcoming tour.

"The performance of the men's team in Australia would inspire us to do well in Australia. I am confident we can beat Australia in Australia," said Jhulan, the ICC's Woman Cricketer of 2007, about the forthcoming ODI series against the 2005 women's World Cup winners. The ICC Woman Cricketer of 2008, Claire Taylor, also welcomed the introduction of the official global rankings for women, saying the entire lot of women cricketers were "looking forward to this day".

Both Jhulan and Claire said it would be wonderful if cricket made it to the Olympic Games.

"We definitely would like to play in the Olympics, which is the world's biggest sporting event," Jhulan said.

"We will love to play in the Olympics. It would put a breath of fresh air into our game," Claire said.

The ICC's Executive Board had discussed the possibility of cricket being part of a future Olympic Games in a two-day meeting earlier this week.

It was agreed that the ICC management continue research on the matter and present to the Board at a later date.

If cricket wished to be part of the 2020 Olympic Games then it would have to make an application to the International Olympic Committee before 2013, according to the ICC.

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Rankings (as of 16 October)

Batters

Rank     Player                    Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating

   1           Claire Taylor         Eng         804          39.13      820 v NZ at Blackpool 2007

   2           Mithali Raj             Ind          728          47.93      827 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

   3           Lisa Sthalekar       Aus        722          35.47      783 v NZ at Darwin 2007

   4           Sarah Taylor         Eng         699*       40.11      706 v Ind at Taunton 2008

   5           C.M.Edwards        Eng         658          37.05      694 v SA at Pretoria 2005

   6           Nicola Browne      NZ          653!        30.21      653 v Aus at Lincoln 2008

   7           Karen Rolton        Aus        620          49.54      867 v Ind at Vapi 2004

   8           Alex Blackwell      Aus        597!        30.46      597 v NZ at Lincoln 2008

   9           S.Nitschke             Aus        573*!     25.85      573 v NZ at Lincoln 2008

  10          Sara McGlashen   NZ          568          23.09      584 v Eng at Derby 2007

  11          Haidee Tiffen        NZ          557          29.50      764 v Ind at Lincoln 2006

  12          Aimee Mason       NZ          549          22.20      616 v Eng at Blackpool 2007

  13          Jaya Sharma          Ind          516          31.92      686 v Aus at Vapi 2004

  14          Lydia Greenway   Eng         489          22.55      512 v Aus at Sydney 2008

  15          Anjum Chopra      Ind          478          34.71      749 v Aus at Adelaide 2006

  16          Jenny Gunn           Eng         472          22.37      543 v Aus at Melbourne 2008

  17=        Dedunu Silva        SL           468*       20.14      479 v Ind at Kurunegala 2008

                Caroline Atkins    Eng         468*       28.46      476 v Ind at Taunton 2008

  19          Cri-Zelda Brits      SA          466*       29.24      531 v NET at Stellenbosch 2008

  20          Caitriona Beggs    Ire           460          24.83      551 v NET at Dublin 2006

Bowlers

Rank    Player                   Team     Points    Ave         Econ      HS Rating

   1           Jhulan Goswami   Ind          741          21.06      797 v Eng at Chennai 2007

   2           Isa Guha                                Eng         720          18.43      741 v Ind at Taunton 2008

   3           S.Nitschke             Aus        675*!     22.27      675 v NZ at Lincoln 2008

   4           Holly Colvin          Eng         619*       19.90      632 v Ind at Arundel 2008

   5           Jenny Gunn           Eng         593          31.22      673 v Aus at Melbourne 2008

   6           Emma Sampson    Aus        548*!     25.17      548 v NZ at Lincoln 2008

   7           Aimee Mason       NZ          547          32.90      586 v Aus at Darwin 2007

   8           Nicola Browne      NZ          546          33.75      648 v Eng at Shenley 2007

   9=         Lisa Sthalekar       Aus        545          29.10      602 v NZ at Brisbane 2006

                Katherine Brunt    Eng         545*       26.33      560 v Ind at Taunton 2008

  11          Kirsten Pike           Aus        540*       22.56      567 v NZ at Lincoln 2008

  12          Rumeli Dhar          Ind          534*       31.50      610 v SL at Dambulla 2008

  13          Amita Sharma       Ind          523          29.12      650 v Pak at Karachi 2005

  14          Neetu David          Ind          506          16.34      794 v WI at Pretoria 2005

  15          Nicky Shaw           Eng         502*       32.93      517 v Ind at Taunton 2008

  16          Alicia Smith           SA          494*       22.10      538 v Ire at Crowthorne 2008

  17          Sajida Shah           Pak          491*       26.48      499 v NET at Stellenbosch 2008

  18=        Ashlyn Kilowan   SA          483*!     20.16      483 v Eng at Shenley 2008

                Sarah Andrews     Aus        483*!     21.62      483 v NZ at Lincoln 2008

  20          Sophie Devine      NZ          468*!     37.42      468 v Aus at Lincoln 2008

All-rounders

Rank     Player                   Team     Points                    HS Rating

   1           Lisa Sthalekar       Aus        393                         466 v Eng at Chennai 2007

   2           S.Nitschke             Aus        387*/*!                  387 v NZ at Lincoln 2008

   3           Nicola Browne      NZ          357                         383 v Eng at Lincoln 2008

   4           Aimee Mason       NZ          300                         338 v Eng at Blackpool 2007

   5           Jenny Gunn           Eng         280                         364 v Aus at Melbourne 2008