Dubai: India have remained static at No. 4 position but gained three significant points to reach 116 in the ICC Women's Team Rankings for the first time following the annual rankings update.
The Indian women's team, which had reached the final of the ICC Women's World Cup in July, has closed in 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.
The table is headed by England, who have dethroned Australia from the top position.
England are now level with Australia on 128 points but ahead on decimal points after the annual update, following which results from the 2013-14 season are no longer included.
The rankings now take into account 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons at 50 per cent each while the 2016-17 season accounts for 100 per cent.
England and Australia are the only sides to see a change in the rankings.
The Windies are in fifth position but have lost four points to be at 101, South Africa at sixth are on 93 points, Pakistan have lost one point and are on 72 while Sri Lanka too are unchanged in points to be at eighth position.
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New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said managed isolation arrangements for the visiting teams were still being worked out with officials in Wellington, but the tours would proceed.
Alyssa Healy expressed her dissatisfaction over BCCI's decision to host the Women's IPL around the same time as the men's event, which would lead to direct clash with the Women's Big Bash League.
Concerns around players' preparation in a short time led to the postponement of the ICC Women's ODI World Cup and the decision had nothing to do with safety issues pertaining to COVID-19 in New Zealand