Shafali Verma retains No.1 spot in ICC T20I Rankings, surpasses Beth Mooney

India’s dashing opener and Smriti Mandhana’s partner Shafali Verma is back to the number 1 spot in ICC’s T20I Rankings which was updated on 25th January 2022.

© Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images
© Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images

Shafali Verma overtook Australia’s Beth Mooney who had to miss out on T20I matches against England last week owing to her jaw injury.

Shafali Verma first attainted the Number.1 position in ICC T20I Rankings during the Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup in 2020.

Shafali Verma is currently 2 rating points ahead of Australia’s Beth Mooney and stands at 726 Points.

Shafali Verma will next be seen opening India innings in the upcoming tour against New Zealand followed by the much-awaited Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.  This will be Shafali’s first-ever 50 over World Cup appearance.

Shefali Verma the youngest-ever to play T20I for India claimed the top spot in the latest ICC T20 ranking.

Smriti Mandhana, ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, dropped one place to fourth. The Australian pair of Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning secured the second and third positions in the rankings respectively. Alyssa Healy, the dynamic opening batter for Australia claimed the number 6th spot.

Sri Lanka’s Chamari Atapattu broke into the top 10 of the rankings after a dominating performance in the Commonwealth Games Qualifiers, where she smashed 221 runs at a strike rate of 185.71. She featured in a couple of match-winning knocks for her team averaging 55.25 at the recently concluded qualifiers in Malaysia. She occupied the number eight spot in the rankings that were released on Tuesday.

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The dashing duo from New Zealand, Sophie Devine secured the number fifth spot while Suzie Bates managed to secure the seventh position.

Danni Wyatt climbed up three positions to 13th position thanks to her 70-run knock against Australia in the first T20I of the Women’s Ashes. Tahlia McGrath, the dashing Australian all-rounder jumped 29 places to rise up to the 28th spot in the rankings. She impressed with her destructive knock of 91 not out off just 49 balls and a strong display of fast bowling claiming three English wickets in the first Ashes T20I.

Deepti Sharma, India’s off-spinner all-rounder rose one position to the number four spot in the bowler’s rankings. She ousted Megan Schutt for the spot. England’s Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn secured the first and second spots respectively. The Proteas fiery fast bowler, Shabnim Ismail occupied the number three spot.

Sophie Devine and Natalie Sciver held onto their first and second spot respectively in the all-rounders’ rankings. India’s Deepti Sharma rose one spot to third place. Pakistan’s Nida Dar and Thailand’s Nattaya Boochatham also rose two spots to number nine and ten places, respectively. Australia’s Ellyse Perry dropped out of the top 10 rankings.

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