Verma continues her run at top; Gayakwad, Gardner, Wareham attain career-best rankings

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Shafali Verma and Sophie Ecclestone continue to rule the ICC T20I rankings after the latest update on Tuesday (March 30). Australia’s Georgia Wareham is back in the top ten list of bowlers after her performance in the first T20I against New Zealand. She is placed at number ten in the latest ranking equalling her career-best. Ashleigh Gardner also achieved her highest ranking with her player of the match performance of 73 not out from the same game.

Verma, who scored a scintillating 60 off 30 balls in the third T20I against South Africa added another 26 points to her tally and is currently 35 point ahead of Beth Mooney. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad who picked up her career-best figures of 3 for 9 in the same match has attained her best ranking of 13 among the bowlers.

Smriti Mandhana, Verma’s opening partner and stand-in skipper during the South Africa series, has leap frogged Suzie Bates to number six in the batting rankings. Sophie Devine (3), Meg Lanning (4), Alyssa Healy (5), Stafanie Taylor (8), Jemimah Rodrigues (9) and Natalie Sciver (10) completes the top ten as they remained on the same position from the last week.

Amy Satterthwaite, who scored 40 in the first T20I, moved to 27th position while South Africa skipper Sune Luus moved to 37 after her 28-runs knock in the final match against India.

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Among the bowlers, Wareham’s re-induction into the top ten is the only change with Anam Amin going down to number 11. Ecclestone is 36 points clear of second placed Shabnim Ismail and her England teammate Sarah Glenn continues be at number three. Among the top ten, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen and Amelia Kerr will be in action this week during the T20I series between the Trans-Tasman neighbours along with Wareham.

India’s opening bowler Arundhati Reddy gained 15 positions to reach 56th position. Jess Kerr’s 2 for 20 in the first T20I has took her up by 38 places and is currently placed at 92.