Indians are on top of the world with both Virat Kohli and Mithali Raj climbing to the No.1 spots in their respective ODI batting rankings in the latest charts. Kohli hit two hundreds in the series against New Zealand, which helped the Indian captain overtake AB de Villiers, who had taken over the top spot just 10 days ago.
Mithali, who led India to a runners-up finish at the Women’s World Cup earlier this year, became No.1 after Australian batting star Meg Lanning missed the recent ODI series against England due to injury. Aussie all-rounder Ellyse Perry and Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand are now ranked No. 2 and 3 respectively ahead of Lanning. Harmanpreet Kaur is the next highest-ranked Indian at No. 6, while veteran Jhulan Goswami is the No.2 in the bowling charts behind South African Marizanne Kappe.
Kohli, who scored 263 runs in the New Zealand series at an average of 87.66, has reached 889 rating points, the best ever by an India batsman. The previous highest points tally of 887 was managed by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998 and by Kohli earlier this year.
The Indian women’s team has not played an international fixture since the World Cup final in June, which has prevented the likes of Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jhulan to improve on their ratings. India is fourth in the ODI team rankings with 116 points behind leaders Australia (129), England (127) and New Zealand (118).