Smriti Mandhana moves to fourth in ICC T20I rankings; Suzie Bates retains her top spot

Smriti Mandhana moves to fourth in ICC T20I rankings; Suzie Bates retains her top spot

Australia’s Ashleigh Gardener was another prominent gainer in the latest update as she jumped 18 places in the Top-20.

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is just one week away. This will be the second time that a standalone edition of the tournament will be staged following the 2018 version which was held in the Caribbean. With the marquee tournament just around the corner, plenty of women tournaments were staged in the past month and, as a result, there’s been plenty of movement in the Women’s T20I rankings following the completion of T20I tri-series involving Australia, England, and India, three-match T20I series between New Zealand and South Africa.

England’s Fran Wilson broke into the top 100 in the latest ICC Women’s T20I rankings following handy knocks in the recently-concluded T20I tri-nation series, although it wasn’t enough for her side to enter the finals. Indonesia’s Yulia Anggraeni gained 20 places and leapfrogged to the 64th position after her whirlwind 68-ball 112 against the Philippines.

Jemimah Rodrigues drops down to 7th

Australia’s Ashleigh Gardener was another prominent gainer in the latest update as she jumped 18 places in the Top-20 while England’s wicketkeeper Amy Jones lost 10 places after a forgettable [21 runs in 4 matches] tri-nation series campaign.

After a memorable outing against South Africa Women, Suzie Bates [142 runs in 3 matches] retained her top-spot while her team-mate and White Ferns’ captain Sophie Devine rising to the No.2 spot. Smriti Mandhana [216 runs at 43.20] gained upward movement of three positions [4th] as did Australia’s Beth Mooney [208 runs at 52] who gained two points to move to the third position.

Meg Lanning had a lean tri-series and although she lost three spots, the Aussie captain managed to cling onto the fifth spot. Among the Indians, Jemimah Rodrigues dropped to seventh while captain Harmanpreet Kaur retained her ninth spot.

Elysse Perry breaks into the Top-10 bowlers ranking

Among the bowlers, Aussie all-rounder Elysse Perry continues to enjoy her golden run as she jumped four places to break into the Top-4 while India’s leg-spinner Poonam Yadav dropped six places out of the top-10 to take the 12th position. England seamer Anya Shrubsole too dropped six places to fall out of the Rop-20; as did Anuja Patil and Delissa Kimmince, who dropped 11 places to 31, and 14 to 33 respectively. 

In the all-rounder’s department, Sophie Devine claimed the top-spot while England’s Natalie Sciver jumped one place to complete the top-3. Hayley Matthews and South African captain Dane van Niekerk round out the Top-5.