The ICC released the weekly latest cricket ranking for women on Tuesday, which sees India’s star youngster batter Shafali Verma regain the No. 1 spot in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings for batters, leapfrogging Beth Mooney. Mooney, who was dropped from the Ashes due to a fractured jaw, has slipped to the second spot, two points short of Verma, while Meg Lanning occupies the third spot.
Among other gainers include Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu, who has ascended to the eighth spot in the T20I rankings for batters after gaining six points following her brilliant stint in the Commonwealth Games Qualifiers, where she amassed 221 runs at an outstanding average and strike rate of 55.25 and 185.71 respectively. She made scores of 24, 86, 57, 30, 48 in Kuala Lumpur.
Chamari was also handy as a bowler, as she registered figures of 3/17 in the final against Bangladesh. Her all-round performance also gained points in the all-rounders rankings, placing her in the seventh position. Her performance helped the side qualify for the 2022 Commonwealth Games set to be held in Birmingham this July-August.
England’s Danni Wyatt’s superb knock of 70 runs against Australia in the first T20I of the Women’s Ashes has gained her three places to 13th position. On the other hand, Australia’s Tahlia McGrath gained 29 places in the rankings to acquire the 28th position owing to her unbeaten 91 off just 49 deliveries, which helped the team chase down a target of 170 against England in Adelaide.
Among bowlers, India’s Deepti Sharma has replaced Australia’s Megan Schutt to take up the fourth position. The top three rankings remain unchanged with England’s Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn ranking first and second, respectively while South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail rests comfortably in the third position.
As far as the all-rounder’s cricket ranking is concerned, Deepti Sharma rose one rank to enter the top three to join Sophie Devine (first position) and Natalie Sciver (second position). Among other gainers, Pakistan’s Nida Dar and Thailand’s Nattaya Boochatham have claimed up to two places to the ninth and 10th positions, respectively.