Jemimah Rodrigues and young Shafali Verma are the biggest gainers in the latest ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings after India’s clean sweep over West Indies.
Rodrigues has moved up from seventh to fourth while Verma moved 57 places to 30th. The latter finished as the leading run-scorer in the just-concluded five match T20I series with 158 runs in five games. She had scored fifties in the first two games, with the first one coming in 30 balls and the second one a bit quicker, in 26 balls. Although in the last three games she couldn’t do much on a slow Guyana surface, it was enough for us to make the right noise for the world to take note.
Rodrigues, on the other hand, finished the series with 96 runs at an average of 48, including a fifty and an unbeaten 40, that saw India home in a tricky run-chase. Veda Krishnamurthy, thanks to her unconquered 57 in the final T20I, moved up from 61st to 49th.
With about three months to go for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, India leapfrogged West Indies to move to fourth in the teams’ rankings for T20Is. With 260 rating points, they are just 16 points behind the third-ranked New Zealand.
Among bowlers, Indian players have occupied three of the top five slots. Radha Yadav is on second (up from fifth), Deepti Sharma is fourth and Poonam Yadav is fifth in the rankings for T20I bowlers. Even Anuja Patil, who is now 21st, having replaced Shikha Pandey (who moved up to 43rd) for the last few matches, have gained places.
Not all has been kaput for West Indies and their players. Shemaine Campbelle, the wicketkeeper-batter has moved to 68th while Hayley Matthews and Anisa Mohammed have moved up to be on 27th and 45th respectively.
Earlier in the month, Pakistan had won their bilateral T20I series 3-0 against Bangladesh. As a result, Javeria Khan has moved into the top 20 while Umaima Sohail has moved up to 64th. Anam Amin (12th) and Diana Baig (63rd) are notable gainers among bowlers.
Bangladesh’s Sanjida Islam has moved up to 75th position among batters while Jahanara Alam is 15th in the bowlers’ list.