The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the latest edition of the ICC Women’s rankings. Ahead of the approaching crucial T20 World Cup, all the women cricketers will be keen to observe the rankings and aim to relinquish their performance in the marquee event.
Ace South Africa spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba has edged past India’s Deepti Sharma to claim the second position amongst the bowlers in the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings. Mlaba displayed a fine performance in the tri-series final against India which also featured West Indies. Hosts South Africa clinched the tri-series title.
Emerging spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba has been in fascinating touch throughout the recently concluded tri-nation series. Mlaba claimed six wickets in the series including a vital 2/16 figure in the final. Her exemplary performance helped her to achieve her career-best 753 rating points and bag the penultimate position.
Indian batters gained significantly in ICC Women’s rankings
India’s Sneh Rana was also spectacular in the tri-nation series where she claimed 2/21 in the final and climbed four spots up to her career-best sixth position.
In the batting segment, South Africa’s Chloe Tryon gained significantly after her stellar unbeaten knock of 57 runs in the final. Apart from Tryon, Indian batters gained handsomely at the recently announced rankings. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur climbed up to the tenth position whereas Deepti Sharma and Harleen Deol gained two and twenty places to claim the 23rd and 110th positions respectively.
Notably, Australian batters Tahlia McGrath and Beth Mooney are constantly climbing up the standings and are on the verge to achieve a significant milestone. Tahlia stands just 40 points away from Charlotte Edwards who holds the record for the highest rating of 843 points. Mooney is also not behind and could also become the second Australian batter to edge past the 800-point rating.
Amongst the bowlers, Sophie Ecclestone and Nonkululek Mlaba are close to anchor 800-rating points. Megan Schutt achieved a remarkable mark of 806 rating points in 2018 and holds the record for the highest points.