New Delhi (Agency). The inaugural Indian women’s team Smriti Mandhana has achieved a career-best T20I finish after her impressive performance at the Commonwealth Games. Mandhana has secured the third position in the published rankings of ICC T20 Internationals. This is the best rank of Mandhana’s career. Mandhana played a brilliant half-century in the Commonwealth Games against Pakistan. Mandhana has overtaken Sophie Devine of New Zealand and is now two points behind Beth Mooney of Australia. Meg Lanning remains at the top of the leaderboard.
Mandhana ranked first in the ODI format: Mandhana was at the top of the ICC rankings in the ODI format. In 2019, she reached the third position in the ICC T20 rankings for the first time in her career. Prior to this, she had finished third in T20s in October last year.
Harmanpreet Reached 4 Places Ahead
India’s women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has also moved up four places. With this, she has reached the 14th place. New Zealand’s Suzy Bates, who scored 91 off 64 balls against South Africa (see rest of page 8), has moved up two places. Australia all-rounder Ashley Gardner has improved the rankings in all three formats. Significantly, Gardner played brilliant innings in the game against India. His career-high position is 3 in the all-around position.
These changes have happened in the bowlers’ ranking: Australia’s left-arm spinner Jess Johnson has moved up from 2 in the rankings. England’s Sophie Eccleston tops this list. Johnson took 4 wickets for 22 runs while bowling against India in the Commonwealth Games. Indian medium pacer Renuka Singh took four for 18 in his career-best bowling match against Australia. Renuka is ranked 49th in the new ICC rankings.