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Teen feeling Shafali Verma becomes the number one hitter in the world T20I | Cricket News

SYDNEY: Shafali Verma, the batting sensation of Indian teenage girls, rose to first place on Wednesday in the I20 international women’s T20 ranking, in her stellar career in the current World Cup.

Verma, 16, replaces Suzie Bates of New Zealand, who had been the best hitter since October 2018 after snatching the place of West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor.

However, Smriti Mandhana has gone down a couple of steps to sixth place on the last list.

Verma and England spinner Sophie Ecclestone will enter the semifinals of the event as the best batter and bowler, respectively. India will face England on Thursday.

Verma’s explosive bat at the top of the order saw her score 161 runs in four innings, including 47 and 46 hits against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. He helped her become India’s second hitter after Mithali Raj in leading the women’s T20I batting ranking, according to an ICC statement.

Ecclestone, who won eight wickets in four games, including a three-by-seven best against the West Indies, is England’s first bowler to be number one since Anya Shrubsole in April 2016 and England’s first spinner in the top from Danni Hazell in August 2015.

Among the bowlers in India, Poonam Yadav has risen from four places to eighth after a good World Cup race.

Some brave performances by Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu have seen her move from 18th to 14th for batters.

Nat Sciver of England is back in the top 10 and Captain Heather Knight in the top 15 for the first time.

The opening of South Africa, Laura Wolvaardt, advanced 23 places to position 44, while Aliya Riaz of Pakistan won 24 places and occupies position 48, while Maddy Green of New Zealand is in the top 100 after advancing 28 places.

In the list of bowlers, Amelia Kerr of New Zealand (up to two places to fourth place) and George Wareham of Australia (up to nine places to tenth place) have made significant progress in the last update of the ranking.

Other bowlers to advance include bowler Diana Baig from Pakistan (up to 34 places through 13), Shashikala Siriwardena from Sri Lanka (up to seven places until 14), Anya Shrubsole from England (up to five places until 17) , Dane van Niekerk from South Africa (up to 12 places for 22nd place) and Shikha Pandey from India (up to 23 places for 22nd place).

The captain of New Zealand, Sophie Devine, is now the only number one after entering the tournament as number one along with the Australian all-terrain Ellyse Perry.

Deepti Sharma, from India, advanced nine places to seventh place, the first time he is in the top 10 in the list of all SUVs after moving to 53rd place among the hitters.

Australia remains at the top of the T20I team ranking with 290 points and England in second place with 278.



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