Mandhana touches career-best ranking points; holds third place in ICC rankings

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india opener reminiscence She has reached a career-best 741 points in the latest ICC rankings for women’s T20 International batsmen, released on Tuesday.

Player of the match in the second T20I against Australia, which ended in a tie before India won in the Super Over, gained 11 rating points to reach the landmark.

Australia’s Tahlia McGrath is the new No. 1 in the rankings after her impressive performance in the first two matches of the ongoing series against India in Mumbai.

The 27-year-old Australian scored unbeaten 40 and 70 to surpass compatriots Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney as well as Mandhana to become the fourth Australian and 12th batsman to top the women’s T20 rankings, according to the ICC.

Mooney had been at the top since August 3 this year when she overtook Lanning.

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McGrath is No. 1 after just 16 matches. The last woman to reach the top in fewer matches was Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies in 2010 (15 matches), while India opener Shafali Verma has been the fastest in recent years, reaching the top ranking after 18 matches.

Two more India batsmen, Shafali and Jemimah Rodrigues, also figure in the top-10 T20I batsmen list, with the former moving up one place to sixth.

India’s position in the T20 International rankings of bowlers Deepti Sharma and Renuka Singh Thakur have maintained their third and fourth spots respectively, with England leg-spinner Sarah Glenn one place ahead of compatriot Sophie Ecclestone.

 

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