Beth Mooney overtakes Tahlia McGrath to reclaim the top spot in T20I Batting Rankings

Beth Mooney claims the top spot, topples Australian vice-captain Tahlia McGrath in the latest ICC T20I Rankings. It’s been an action-packed start to the year 2024 with multiple bilateral series going on simultaneously. Australia led by skipper Alyssa Healy is hosting South Africa for an all-format series. Ireland on the other hand is in Zimbabwe for a white-ball series that includes a three-match ODI series followed by a three-match T20I series. A few brilliant performances across both series have caused a shuffle in the latest ICC Women’s T20I Rankings.

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Beth Mooney overtakes Tahlia McGrath to reclaim the top spot in T20I Batting

T20I Batting Rankings

The 30-year-old opening batter from Australia Beth Mooney had a great start to the year 2024 as she has scored 174 runs in 5 innings at a strike rate of 108.07 and an impressive average of 58. Her tally of runs includes a couple of half-centuries. Her best performance with the bat came on 27th January 2024 in the 1st T20I against South Africa when she stayed unbeaten on 72 runs at a strike rate of 126.31.

She was rewarded with a rise in the rankings courtesy of her brilliant performances she claims the top spot in the T20I Batting Rankings toppling the Australian vice-captain Tahlia McGarth as she moves to the 2nd spot in the rankings. The South African skipper Laura Wolvaardt has achieved a career-high rating of 731 points courtesy of her impressive returns (16, 58*) in the first couple of T20Is against Australia. However, she has retained the 3rd spot in the batting rankings. Her fellow opening partner Tazmin Brits also had a confident start to the year with scores of 59* off 54 balls in the 1st T20I and 41 off 28 balls in the 2nd T20I in the ongoing T20I series against Australia.

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She has earned a rise for her recent performances as she climbs up three spots to 6th position with a career-best rating of 689 points in the latest batting rankings.

Moving on to Ireland, their opening duo of Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis have earned a remarkable rise in the batting rankings courtesy of their exceptional performances in the ongoing T20I series against Zimbabwe. Amy Hunter smashed her maiden T20I century (101 off 66 balls) and stayed unbeaten in the 1st T20I. She became the youngest player to score a century in the ODI and the T20I format. She followed that up with another unbeaten half-century (77 off 57 balls) in the 2nd T20I. She climbed up 21 spots to the 18th position in the batting rankings with her career-best rating of 591 points. Her fellow opening batter Gaby Lewis also earned a remarkable rise courtesy of her impressive performances with scores of 56 and 44 in the first couple of T20Is. She climbed up 3 places to the 23rd position in the batting rankings.

T20I Bowling Rankings

The left-arm spinner from South Africa Nonkululeko Mlaba dropped three spots to the 5th position in the bowling rankings as she just managed to pick up one wicket from the first two games against Australia in the ongoing T20I series. As a result, the leg-spinner from England Sarah Glenn moved one spot to the 4th position in the rankings. Pakistan’s Sadia Iqbal equals India’s Deepti Sharma to the 2nd spot in the bowling rankings.

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Sadia Iqbal, Deepti Sharma. PC: Getty
Sadia Iqbal, Deepti Sharma. PC: Getty                                    

The young pace-bowling all-rounder from Australia Annabel Sutherland had a decent start to the year as she picked up 4 wickets in 6 innings. She moved up 6 spots to the 34th position in the bowling rankings, while the veteran all-rounder from South Africa moved five spots to the 40th position in the rankings courtesy of her impressive performances (1/25) and (1/22) in her spell with the ball in the first couple of T20Is against Australia.

Women’s T20I All-rounder Rankings

The veteran Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry moved up four spots to the 11th position in the all-rounder rankings. She has scored 91 runs at a strike rate of 124.65 and an average of 30.33 in 5 innings with the bat and picked up 2 wickets in 6 innings with the ball. Her best performance came on 27th January 2024 in the 1st T20I against South Africa when she returned with match figures (2/13) in her spell.

Ellyse Perry. PC: Getty
Ellyse Perry. PC: Getty

The 31-year-old Ireland skipper Laura Delany returned with her career-best figures (4/12) with the ball in the T20I format on 28th January 2024 in the 2nd T20I against Zimbabwe. Her exceptional performance with the ball in the 2nd T20I has earned her a rise in the all-rounder rankings as she climbs up three spots to the 14th position in the all-rounder rankings. The 18-year-old young spin-bowling all-rounder from Zimbabwe Kelis Ndhlovu made impactful contributions with the bat at the top of the order with scores of 20 and 52 in the first couple of T20Is against Ireland. She climbed up 5 spots to the 17th position in the all-rounder rankings.

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