ICC Women’s rankings: Shafali Verma strengthens hold on top spot

In the latest update of the Women’s T20 rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC), India has found a fair amount of representation in all the lists of batting, bowling and all-rounder.

Despite India losing the T20 series to South Africa at home, the finale match between the two saw the Indian side come out victorious, that witnessed an astonishing inning by opener Shafali Verma. The staggering knock by Verma, where she scored 60 off just 30 balls, helped her add another 26 points to her tally at the spot. She is currently number one T-20 batter in women’s cricket with 776 points.

The opener retained her position at the pinnacle of the batting list with a lead of 35 points ahead of Beth Mooney. Verma’s opening partner Smriti Mandhana, with whom she amassed a 96-run partnership, found her way to the sixth position by jumping one spot up (at 693 points) after a knock of 48 runs in 28 deliveries. Apart from Mandhana moving ahead of Suzie Bates, there were no changes in batting rankings. Jemimah Rodrigues remains on ninth position with 640 points.

Meanwhile in the bowling list, Sophie Ecclestone leads the group with 799 points. Deepti Sharma and Radha Yadav retained their spots at 7th and 8th with 705 and 702 points, respectively. No changes were made in the list except for Australia’s Georgia Wareham who swapped positions with Pakistan’s Anam Amin to go up to 10th position. The all-rounder top 10 remained same with Deepti Sharma retaining her spot at number four.

India’s left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s match-winning performance where she picked three wickets giving 9 runs, has helped her to get to career-best 13th position among bowlers. Seamer Arundhati Reddy progressed 15 spots to reach 56th position.

SA Captain Sune Luus reached one place up to 37th, while Tumi Sekhukhune jumped seven spots to secure 42nd position in the bowler’s list after the triumphant series against India. Nadine de Klerk and Moseline Daniels maintained a joint 66th place in the all-rounders list released on Tuesday.

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