Beth Mooney replaces Shafali Verma as new number one T20I batter

Beth Mooney in action against India © Getty Images

Australia opener Beth Mooney has replaced Shafali Verma as the new number one T20I batter in the latest update of ICC rankings on Tuesday (October 12). England Sophie Ecclestone continues to rule the bowling chart in the format.

Australia beat India 2-0 in the T20I leg of the multi-format series with Mooney making valuable contributions. After not getting to bat in the first match due to rain, the southpaw made scores of 34 and 61 to help the hosts to a series win. Verma is currently at number two, while fellow opener Smriti Mandhana moved to number three position in the rankings.

Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux is the other Australian to make significant movement in the new update. She jumped 12 spots to find a place in the top ten bowlers in the format after taking three wickets during the India series. Leg-spinner Georgia Wareham climbed a few spots to reach number ten in the list.

Molineux’s Indian counterpart Rajeshwari Gayakwad finished the series as the highest wicket-taker with five wickets to her name. She moved up to number 12 spot in the bowling rankings.

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In the allrounders’ rankings, Ashleigh Gardner has broken into the top ten rankings with admirable display in both departments against India and is currently at number ten. New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine is at the top of the chart as far as allrounders in T20Is are concerned.

In the team rankings, Australia continue to hold five point lead over arch rivals England, while India and New Zealand are at three and four positions respectively with 267 points.

In the ODI rankings, Zimbabwe allrounder Josephine Nkomo has had an impressive week against the visitors Ireland to make her debut in the rankings at 98, 58 and 57 in batting, bowling and allrounders’ rankings respectively. Ireland opener Gaby Lewis jumped to 41 in the list, while her partner Leah Paul is at 60 among the batters.