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Shafali Verma retains No 1 spot in T20I rankings, Smriti Mandhana fix at 3rd

Deepti is placed fourth at 321 rating points with Australia’s Ellyse Perry (301) and Hayley Matthews (292) of West Indies following at fifth and sixth place.

Smriti Mandhana-Shafali Verma
Smriti Mandhana-Shafali Verma - ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Destructive Indian opener Shafali Verma retained her top spot in the ICC women T20I rankings for the batters while her partner Smriti Mandhana held on to her third rankings. Deepti is placed fourth at 321 rating points with Australia’s Ellyse Perry (301) and Hayley Matthews (292) of West Indies following at fifth and sixth place.

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine’s Player of the Match effort of 50 and two for 28 in the second match against England has lifted her back to the top of the all-rounders’ list, at par with England’s Natalie Sciver, in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings.

Devine was number one among all-rounders for well over a year after first seizing that position in February 2020 and is now ranked joint-first along with Sciver at 371 rating points, while also progressing in the other two tables in the weekly update, carried out on Tuesdays.

The 32-year-old, who had a record six consecutive scores of 50 or more in the format early last year when she had reached a career-best second place among batters, is now fifth in that list after moving up one slot. In the bowlers’ rankings, she is up four places to 30th.

Other New Zealand players to progress in the rankings include Amy Satterthwaite (up two places to 26th) and Maddy Green (up eight places to 65th) among batters, and off-spinner Leigh Kasperek (up one place to 22nd) and medium pacer Hayley Jensen (up eight places to 52nd) among bowlers.

England’s Tammy Beaumont, who struck a match-winning 97 in the first match against New Zealand, has advanced four places to reach 16th position among batters in the latest update, that also includes performances from the three-match series between the West Indies and South Africa in Antigua that ended 1-1.

South Africa opener Lizelle Lee’s series-topping 114 runs see her gain three slots to reach eighth position while her compatriot Laura Wolvaardt has advanced four places to 20th position after aggregating 71 runs. Tazmin Brits is another one to move up the list for batters, up eight places to 36th, while seam bowler Ayabonga Khaka is now 25th in the bowlers’ list.

The West Indies players to gain in the latest update include Chedean Nation, who is up two places to 54th among batters and the bowling pair of Hayley Mathews (up seven places to 14th) and Anisa Mohammed (up six places to 37th).

Credit: ICC Media Release

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