Dubai, October 4: Indian women’s team, who reached the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup, remained in fourth place in the ICC Women's Team Rankings which was released on Tuesday. Notably, Indian women team remained at fourth position with 116 points with the gain of three points. England is now level with Australia on 128 points but ahead on decimal points and gained the top position in the world rankings.
However, the Indian women's team has closed the gap with third-placed New Zealand. New Zealand maintained their third position with their pre-update tally of 118 points. India captain Mithali Raj said her team is aiming to climb up to No. 3 position.
"Gaining these valuable points is no mean achievement and have come after some fine performances over the past year, including at the World Cup. I'm sure this will inspire our team in matches ahead," said Mithali. "We are now close to New Zealand in the rankings and will aim to be number three," she added.
Interestingly, the rankings now take into account 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons at 50 percent each while the 2016-17 season accounts for 100 percent. England and Australia are the only sides to see a change in the rankings. The West Indies are in the fifth position but have lost four points to be at 101, South Africa at sixth with 93 points, Pakistan has lost one point and are on 72 while Sri Lanka too is unchanged in points to be at the eighth position.