August 15, 2022
ICC Women’s T20I Rankings: Smriti Mandhana moves to third place


India’s opener Smriti Mandhana moved up a spot to third place in the latest ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings after scoring a scintillating half-century against Pakistan at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. She hit an unbeaten 63 off 42 balls with eight fours and three sixes in her 24-run knock against Australia and went past New Zealand’s Sophie Devine to reach within two rating points of Australia’s Beth Mooney. Meg Lanning continues to top the rankings after taking the top spot last week.

An official ICC media release said, “Mandhana, who had previously been a top-order batsman in ODIs, was previously ranked third in T20Is, reaching that position for the first time in 2019 and in October last year. finished third.” ,

New Zealand’s Suzie Bates has jumped two places to reach sixth place with a scintillating 64 not out 91 against South Africa, while Tahlia McGrath (up one place to 12th), India captain Harmanpreet Kaur (up four places to 14th), Pakistan’s Nida Dar (up three places to 40th) and South Africa’s Chloe Tryon (up five places to 47th) have also made significant progress among the batsmen.

Australia all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner has moved up all three lists after shining with the bat against India and with the ball against Barbados, representing the West Indies in an eight-team competition. Gardner’s unbeaten 52 in the opening match saw her move up five places to 11th place, while her two for six against Barbados moved her up from 45th to 26th. She has reached a career-best third position among all-rounders.

In the bowlers’ rankings, Australia’s left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, who took four for 22 against India, has moved up two places to fourth on the list led by England’s Sophie Ecclestone. Australian pacer Megan Schutt and New Zealand all-rounder Amelia Kerr have gained a place each to be seventh and eighth, while Barbados captain Hayley Matthews has gained two places to be ninth.

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The performances of those who have played for Barbados and represented West Indies in the past are reflected in the latest rankings as all Commonwealth Games matches have T20I status. However, matches involving Barbados will be ignored for team rankings as Barbados is not a member of the ICC. All matches except those involving Barbados will be rated as normal.

Other players who have improved in the bowlers’ rankings include South Africa’s Nonkulleko Mlaba (up two places to 22nd), Sri Lankan spinner Oshadi Ranasinghe (up two places to 24th) and Inoka Ranvira (up four places to 44th). . Meanwhile, India’s medium pacer Renuka Singh has jumped 48 places to 49th after taking a career-best four wickets for 18 runs against Australia.

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