The ICC’s newly disclosed women’s T20 player rankings were announced on Tuesday, and Australian players dominated them. Some Indian players have advanced in the rankings while others have fallen.
The top two spots on the rankings have long been held by the seasoned Australian tandem of Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning, but India opener and recently-announced ICC 100% Cricket Superstar Smriti Mandhana has split the pair following her outstanding recent series against England.
During the three-match series, Mandhana scored a team-best 111 runs for herself, propelling the 26-year-old up two spots to second place overall on the most recent list of T20I batters.
Mooney still holds the top spot with a total of 743 rating points, but Mandhana is now only 12 points behind Mooney with 731 rating points as a result of the most recent rankings update.
Mandhana’s unexpected climb causes Lanning (725) to drop to third, and Mandhana’s New Zealand competitor Sophie Devine (715) also slides a spot in favour of the hot Indian batter.
Smriti Mandhana too makes a striking rise in the rankings of ODI batters:
Due to her strong performance in the opening three games of the current three-game ODI series against England, Mandhana also makes an eye-catching climb up the rankings for ODI batters.
The left-handed batsman helped India win the first game of the series in Hove by seven wickets with a masterful 91, and as a result, he moved up three spots to sixth place overall on the list of batters.
Harmanpreet Kaur (up four places to ninth) and Yastika Bhatia (up eight ranks to 37th) are two of her teammates who make significant progress after half-centuries in that match.