Youth sensation and the heartbeats of crore of Indians, Shafali Verma rose to the top spot of ICC Women’s T20 International rankings. Her exemplary performance in the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 has helped her to grab this prestigious position in ICC T20I rankings. Sixes and fours hit the stadium when Shafali swings her bat on the cricket pitch!
16-year-old Verma has taken over the spot of World’s No.1 T20I batswoman from New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, who had been the top batter since October 2018 after grabbing the spot from West Indies Captain Stefanie Taylor.
Shafali and England’s spinner Sophie Ecclestone will go to the Semi-finals of TCC Women’s T20 World Cup as the top-ranked batter & bowler respectively. India will face England in the Semifinals on Thursday, March 5th, 2020. Verma’s explosive batting has helped her to fetch a superlative 166 runs in four innings including knocks of 46 and 47 runs against Sri-Lanka & New-Zealand. Her excellent batting has helped her to become the second Indian batswoman after Mithali Raj to top the ICC Women’s T20 rankings, According to a statement from ICC. Whereas Ecclestone 8 wickets in four innings including the best of three out of seven against the West-Indies makes her first England’s bowler become number one since Anya Shrubsole in April 2016 and the first England spinner at the top since Danni Hazell in August 2015. Among the Indian bowlers, Poonam Yadav has bagged eight position after a good run in World-Cup. Some brilliant performances from Sri-Lanka skipper Chamari Athapathu have seen her move from 18th to 14th spot for batters. England’s Nat Sciver is again in the top 10 rankings while Captain Heather Knight in the top 15th for the first time.
Other bowlers who have made their position in the ICC top rankings list include new baller Diana Baig of Pakistan who rose to 13th position up 34 places, Shashikala Sirwedena up seven to 14th place, Anya Shrubsole up five places to 17th & Dane Van Niekerk of South Africa up 12 places to join 22nd and Shikha Pandey up 23 places to joint 22nd position respectively. India’s Deepti Sharma has advanced nine places to seventh, this is the first time that she is among the top 10 all rounder’s list of ICC T20I after moving up to 53rd among the batters. Australia remains at the top of the T20I team rankings with 290 points and England setting down at second position with 278 points.
May the hardwork and stunning performance of our Team India pay off and helps Women in Blue to surpass the Semi-finals successfully and reach the finals of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020!