Consistent Mooney attains top position in T20I rankings

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Beth Mooney hits one through the on-side. © ICC

Beth Mooney, Australia's opener has become the number one ranked T20 batter in the latest ICC rankings released on Monday (March 9). The stylish left-hand batter scored 259 runs in six matches and helped Australia clinch the title for the fifth time. She made three fifties in six outings - including an unbeaten 78 in the final - and was named the player of the tournament.

Not too long ago, Shafali Verma occupied the number one slot, but her score of just two in the final made her slip to the third position. Former New Zealand captain Suzie Bates occupies the second spot while swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy's blitz at the top sees her climb up two positions to be fifth in the charts.

Laura Wolvaardt's stunning performance in the World Cup sees her to a career-best 31st position. The 20-year-old batter scored a match-winning unbeaten fifty against Pakistan and a fighting 27-ball 41 in a losing cause against Australia in the semi-final. Wolvaardt's inside out shots through the covers were arguably one of the highlights of the World Cup.

Jess Jonassen's 10 wickets in the showpiece event sees her occupy the fifth position in the bowlers' charts. The left-arm spinner took three wickets in the finals. On the other hand, Sophie Molineux and Delissa Kimmince occupy 16th and 31st positions respectively. India's Deepti Sharma has moved 10 places to be 43rd among batters and broke into the top five for the first time in the list for allrounders.