Dubai:India opener Shafali Verma regained top spot in the latest ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings released on Tuesday after a fine show in the first two matches of the ongoing three-match series against South Africa in Lucknow.
The 17-year-old big-hitter, who had grabbed the top position for the first time after helping her side reach the knockout phase of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup last year in Australia, has leapfrogged Australia’s Beth Mooney with scores of 23 and 47.
South Africa opener Lizelle Lee was another one to gain in the T20I rankings even though the big-hitting opener lost her top spot in the ODI rankings within a week of replacing England’s Tammy Beaumont.
Lee gained three slots to reach 11th position among T20I batters after a match-winning 70 helped South Africa to a winning 2-0 lead.
Laura Wolvaardt rose five places to 24th after guiding her team to victory with an unbeaten 53 in the second match while captain Sune Luus (up five places to 38th) and Nadine de Klerk (up three places to 74th) were the other South Africans to advance in the batting list.
De Klerk, who bowls medium pace, also moved up five places to 68th among bowlers while seamer Ayabonga Khaka (up two places to 35th) and left-arm spinner Nonkululek Mlaba (up 14 places to 75th) also progressed in the latest weekly update to the women’s rankings, carried out on Tuesdays.
For India, Deepti Sharma moved up four places to 40th and teenager Richa Ghosh rocketed 59 places to 85th among batters while young all-rounder Harleen Deol progressed in both lists, up 262 places to 99th among batters and up 76 places to 146th among bowlers.
Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad advanced from 34th to 25th.
There were also some notable changes in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings apart from Lee’s second short tenure at number one after her three days at the top in June 2018.
In the update to the longer format, which considered performances in the last match of the preceding ODI series between the two sides, Marizanne Kapp moved from fourth to second among bowlers and overtaken West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor to second in the list of all-rounders led by Elysse Perry of Australia.
Mignon du Preez gained four slots to reach 16th position after her knock of 57 while Anne Bosch progressed in both the batting and bowling lists. She gained 58 slots to reach 70th among batters and five places to 85th among bowlers. Tumi Sukhukhune advanced eight places and is 37th.
For India, captain Mithali Raj, a formerly top-ranked batter, moved up one place to eighth after an unbeaten 79 while Priya Punia moved up to five places to 53rd. Gayakwad moved up eight places to 38th among bowlers.
The 4-1 series win saw South Africa overtake England to second position in the ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings while India remained fourth.(UNI)