Deepti Sharma. PC-SLC
Deepti Sharma. PC-SLC

India All-rounder Deepti Sharma and opener Shafali Verma have made significant improvements to their positions in the latest update of the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after helping India take a 2-0 lead against Sri Lanka in the ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) series being played in Pallekele.

India women had won the T20I series 2-1 already and now have a 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-match ODI series as well over Sri Lanka women which are being played in Pallekele. Sharma, who grabbed three for 25 and scored an unbeaten 22 to win the Player of the Match award in the first ODI, has moved up two places to 29th position among batters and three slots to 16th among bowlers.

Deepti Sharma. PC-AFP
Deepti Sharma. PC-AFP

In the rankings for all-rounders, she has gained 20 rating points to reach within one point of Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner, who is sixth in the list.

Shafali Verma Moves 12 Places Up In The ODI Batting Rankings

On the other hand, Shafali Verma has the most runs in the series with 106 runs including an unbeaten 71 in the second match, and is up 12 places to a career-best 36th among batters. She is currently ranked fifth in T20Is but has been ranked No.1 in that format in the past.

Shafali Verma. PC- SLC
Shafali Verma. PC- SLC

Other Indian players to move up the batting list are Pooja Vastrakar (up three places to 61st), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (up four places to 93rd), and Meghna Singh (up seven places to 100th). They have all also moved up the bowlers’ list – Gayakwad from 12th to 11th, Meghna from 58th to 47th, and Vastrakar from 57th to 50th.

Seam bowler Renuka Singh is a major gainer, her seven wickets including a Player of the Match effort of four for 28 in the first match lifting her 38 places to 65th position.

In the Sri Lankan camp, Nilakshi de Silva has gained 13 ranks to reach 57th position among batters after accumulating 75 runs in the two matches while Hasini Perera (up 16 places to 83rd) and Anushka Sanjeewani (up nine places to 89th) are the others to progress in that list.

India Women's Team. PC-SLC
India Women’s Team. PC-SLC

The two wins have taken India to a joint-second position with Pakistan in the IWC points table powered by MRF Tyres. Another win in the last match against Sri Lanka will see them catch up with South Africa at the top of the table with six points.

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