Ashleigh Gardner of Australia has overtaken West Indies leader Hayley Matthews, India’s Deepti Sharma, and New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine to capture the top spot in the new ICC Women’s T20I player rankings for all-rounders, which were revealed on Tuesday.
Gardner (417 points) leads Devine (389) and Deepti (387), who are in second and third place, respectively.
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Gardner, who was named Player of the Match in the final game for her 32-ball unbeaten 66 and bowling stats of 2/20, has led the all-rounders’ list for the first time after moving up three ranks during a closely contested five-match T20I series that Australia won 4-1.
With Matthews sliding two spots (381) to fourth, Gardner (417 points) has a commanding lead over Devine (389) and Deepti (387) in second and third place, respectively. In the most recent weekly report, the 25-year-old Australian is also up two spots to a career-best seventh position among batsmen and up three spots to a career-best 14th position among bowlers.
Ashleigh Gardner takes the top spot in the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings:
In the most recent weekly update, which also factors in performances in the final game of the West Indies-England series, Gardner, who finished the series with 115 runs and seven wickets, moved up two spots to a career-best seventh position among batters and advanced three spots to a career-best 14th position among bowlers.
Deepti Sharma climbed three spots to position 29 in the batting rankings with her 34-ball 53 against Australia, while Richa Ghosh of India and Nat Sciver of England each rose one spot to positions 15 and 39, respectively. Grace Harris moved up 33 spots to position 61 after her undefeated 64 off 35 deliveries in Mumbai.