India’s all-rounder, Deepti Sharma, has moved up to second spot and is targeting the top spot – currently held by England’s Sophie Ecclestone – in the latest ICC T20I bowling rankings announced on Tuesday. The 25-year-old off-spinner, who tops the wicket-taker list in South Africa’s ongoing Women’s T20I Tri-series by nine scalps, has cut the England left-arm spinner’s lead to just 26 rating points.
Deepti (737 runs) moved up one spot, while South African left arm spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba, who has taken four wickets in the Tri-series, also moved up one spot to take third place with 732 runs.
If the duo stays in shape, they could take Sophie’s top spot ahead of the Women’s T20 World Cup, which will be held in South Africa from February 10.
India and South Africa take on each other in the T20I Tri-series final in East London on Thursday.
Indian left arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad also improved her position by four spots and is currently 14th on the list of T20I bowlers.
There was a lot of movement in the top-10 among bowlers this week, with Australian pacer Megan Schutt (up six places to fifth) and England mermaid Katherine Sciver-Brunt (up two places to sixth) also gaining places.
Australia right-hander Tahlia McGrath maintained a healthy buffer at the top of the T20I batting rankings, with stylish South African star Laura Wolvaardt one of the biggest movers behind her.
Laura improved four places to ninth thanks to her strong start to the Tri-series against India and the West Indies, while teammate Tazmin Brits jumped ten places to eighteenth after an impressive half-century last week.
West Indies skipper Hayley Matthews moved four places to 22nd overall on the updated T20I batting rankings.
The only change in the top-10 in the all-rounders list was Australian veteran Ellyse Perry taking over 10th spot from Tahila after half a century against Pakistan.
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