Shafali Verma Climbs To Top Of Women’s T20; Indian Men’s Team Retains Top Spot In ICC Rankings

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Though the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tournament has not ended yet, however, the young Shafali Verma has cemented the top spot of ICC T20I Batting Rankings with her sensational gameplay in the ongoing tournament. 

India is scheduled to play the semi-finals of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tomorrow, opposite England. And the contribution by Shafali Verma throughout the group stage matches cannot be denied, which eventually made her grab the top place in the rankings. 

If Shafali Verma is to be considered as the star batsmen in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup, leggie Poonam Yadav has provided tumultuous support in the bowling, and currently has the highest number of wickets to her name in the ongoing tournament. Her recent performances have made some striking difference in the ICC T20I Bowling Ranks, as she shot 4 places upwards, cementing her spot in the 8th position. 

With a rating of 761, Verma stands above second place holder New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Australia’s Beth Mooney in the 3rd place. Previously, Suzie Bates held the top position for quite a long while starting from October 2018.  The opener has scored 161 runs in 4 innings of the T20I World Cup, with a strike-rate of 40.25, and has responsibly led the Indian batting line-up throughout the tournament. 

On the other hand, Indian Men’s team which has on a winning spree met with a 2-0 whitewash in the recently concluded test series against New Zealand. Though the loss hurt the sentiments of the visitors, India still managed to retain its top position at the ICC Men’s Test Rankings. With 116 ratings, India tallied at No.1, while New Zealand just trailing behind at 2nd spot with 110 ratings. 

Virat Kohli remained consistent at the 2nd spot with a rating of 886 in the ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings, behind Steve Smith, despite an unforgettable tournament against New Zealand, contributing only 38 runs in 4 innings. Steve Smith stays way above Virat Kohli, with a rating of 911, while Australia as a team stayed at the 3rd position of the ICC Test Rankings. 

The biggest change in the ranking was of Kyle Jamieson, who rose from 80th place to a whopping 43rd place in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings. Jamieson also shot high on ICC Test All-Rounder Rankings, where he shot up 26 places to Number 22.

Sukanya Chakraborty

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