India’s opener batsman Smriti Mandhana and all-rounder Deepti Sharma have climbed to career-best second place in the list of batsmen and bowlers in the latest T20 rankings of the International Cricket Council. Both Mandhana and Deepti have improved one place each in the rankings for batsmen and bowlers, respectively, in the weekly rankings. Mandhana has been a top-ranked batsman in ODIs. He played a key role in making India the champions by scoring an unbeaten 51 off 25 balls in the final of the Asia Cup played in the T20 format and achieved their best ranking in this format.
Mandhana has 730 rating points to her name and is 13 points behind top-ranked Australia’s Beth Mooney. After taking three for seven against Thailand in the semi-final of the tournament, Deepti, who spent just seven runs in four overs in the final, is second in the bowlers’ list with 742 ratings.
Top-ranked England spinner Sophie Ecclestone has 14 points more than her. Deepti is third in the all-rounder’s list of players with 370 rating points. West Indies’ Hayley Matthews (377) and New Zealand’s Sophie Devine (390) are the top two players in this table. Fast bowler Renuka Singh, who became the player of the match with three wickets for five runs in the final of the Asia Cup, has improved five places to a career-best third position.
The list also featured Sneh Rana at a career-best 10th position, up five places. India’s explosive opener Shefali Verma (up one place to seventh) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (up three places to 14th) have also gained in the latest rankings. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gaikwad (up 15 places to 17th) has also managed to improve the rankings.