Chamari Athapaththu becomes the first Sri Lankan woman to reach the top of ODI rankings


Dubai: Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu on Tuesday climbed to the top of the women’s ODI rankings for batsmen after scoring two unbeaten hundreds in the series against New Zealand. Atapattu is the first woman from Sri Lanka to reach the top of the ODI rankings. As per the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Atapattu is at the top of the Women’s ODI rankings with 758 rating points. Atapattu moved up six places to become the best batsman in the format, displacing Australia’s Beth Mooney. He scored an unbeaten 108 in the first ODI against New Zealand, helping Sri Lanka chase down a target of 172 in a rain-curtailed match. After getting out for a duck in the second match, Atapattu scored a blistering 140 off just 80 balls in the deciding third ODI to help his team win the series 2-1.

Atapattu now has eight hundreds in 93 ODIs with 15 half-centuries. Mooney, Laura Wolvaardt, Nate Siver-Brunt, Meg Lanning, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana all slipped one place each due to Atapattu’s jump from seventh place to the top. It is noteworthy that during her stormy innings in the third ODI, Atapattu shared a 190-run partnership for the third wicket with Neelakshi de Silva, which is the highest partnership for Sri Lanka in women’s ODIs. Sri Lanka also won their first ODI series over New Zealand thanks to Atapattu’s outstanding performance.

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