India’s consistent all-rounder Deepti Sharma moved up into the top three of the ICC T20I women’s bowlers rankings on Tuesday after a series of impressive performances at the ongoing Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Sharma’s spectacular months continued as she climbed into the top 3 of the women’s T20I bowling rankings, edging out in-form West Indies star Hayley Matthews, South African pacesetter Shabnim Ismail and Australia’s Megan Schutt.
Sharma was on the ball in the Asian Women’s Cup, winning 3/27 against Pakistan, 2/13 against Bangladesh and 2/10 against Thailand.
Despite their excellent run, two England players remain ahead of Sharma in the rankings, with Sarah Glenn in second place and Sophie Ecclestone at the top.
Sharma’s performances have also put her ahead of Ashleigh Gardner in the all-around rankings and placed her in third place behind West Indian Hayley Matthews and Sophie Devine.
Another Indian star, Jemimah Rodrigues, also rose in the rankings as she moved into the top 10 in the T20I batting rankings, leapfrogging her compatriot Shafali Verma and New Zealand veteran Suzie Bates to finish sixth.
Rodrigues scored a brilliant 76 in India’s Asian Cup match against Sri Lanka earlier this month and she has continued her great form in recent games to date.
Her rise to sixth place comes courtesy of two spectacular performances in the Women’s Asia Cup, a rollicking unbeaten 75* from 45 ball against UAE and a 24-ball 35* against Bangladesh.
However, New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr managed the most remarkable jump by an all-rounder.
The New Zealander’s performance in recent games against the West Indies, particularly with the racquet, has propelled her into the top ten where she has risen five places to sixth, with Chamari Athapaththu of Sri Lanka being the only player to drop out .
The Top 5 Women’s T20I Batting Rankings remain unchanged, extending Beth Mooney’s reign at the top.
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