New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr has made some major gains in the latest cricket rankings for women post the White Ferns’ freshly concluded ODI series against India. The all-rounder played an instrumental role in helping the side clinch the series by 4-1 and thereby ascending in all the categories of the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings.
In the final two ODIs of the five-match series, Kerr shone with both bat and ball. Kerr hit an undefeated 68 in only 33 deliveries in the fourth One-Day International, which was shortened to a 20-over affair. Kerr dropped anchor with the bat in the fifth and final ODI, hitting 68 in 75 balls. Because of her bat skills, she has risen five ranks to No. 17 in the hitters’ rankings.
Kerr again contributed with the ball in the remaining two matches, bowling a few useful overs. She returned with statistics of 3/30 in 3.5 overs in the fourth match, as New Zealand successfully defended a total of 191. She scored 1/55 in the fifth and final One-Day International.
This has propelled her to No. 17 in the bowling rankings, a four-position jump. She has also climbed two places to No. 4 in the all-rounders’ rankings.
New Zealand will surely benefit from her form as they attempt to win their second ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup championship, which begins on March 4th.
Other significant changes include Amy Satterthwaite’s four-position decrease in the hitting rankings to No. 7. In the fourth ODI, she made a 16-ball 32, and in the fifth and final match, she made a 21-ball 12.
Harmanpreet Kaur of India has moved up to No. 20 after hitting a 66-ball 63 in the fifth and final ODI to reclaim her position. Her match-winning performance helped the team avert a series whitewash. Her compatriot Deepti Sharma also made gains, ascending one spot to the No. 12 position, thanks to her figures of 1/49 in four overs and 2/42 in 10 overs in the fourth and fifth ODIs, respectively.
The top spot of the cricket rankings of all three departments remains dominated by Australians. Alyssa Healy sits atop the batting rankings, Jess Jonassen reigns the bowling rankings, and Ellyse Perry leads among the all-rounders.