Mandhana No.2 in latest ICC T20 ranking for batters; displaces Australian stalwart Lanning

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Wed, 21/09/2022
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Mandhana No.2 in latest ICC T20 ranking for batters; displaces Australian stalwart Lanning
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Following her recent performance in the three-match series against England, India opener Smriti Mandhana has moved up to No. 2 in the ICC T20I rankings for batters, bumping veteran Australian Meg Lanning to third while also aiming for the top spot, which is currently held by another Australian, Beth Mooney. 

According to the most recent ICC rankings, which were revealed on Tuesday, Mooney is currently in first place among T20I batsmen with 743 points, followed by Mandhana (731) and Lanning (725).

Mandhana, 26, moved up two spots to second place overall on the most recent list of T20I batters thanks to his 111 runs scored throughout the three-match series. 

The in-form Indian batter's rival from New Zealand, Sophie Devine (715) also dropped out of the race. Shafali Verma, a young Indian starter, ranks sixth with 666 points. 

Following her strong start to the current three-game series against England, Mandhana also made an amazing climb up the ODI batter rankings. The left-hander moved up three spots to sixth overall on the list of batters in response to his outstanding 91 during India's seven-wicket victory in the series opener in Hove.

Mandhana's teammates made significant advancements as well, with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur moving up four rankings to ninth and Yastika Bhatia moving up eight spots to 37th after both players scored half-centuries in that game. 

Kate Cross of England, who took two wickets in that match, moved up three spaces to rank 10th overall among ODI bowlers, while Charlotte Dean rose four spots to rank 20th. 

The same match saw India spinner Deepti Sharma pick up her first two wickets, moving her up the ODI bowling rankings six spaces to number 12. 

Nat Sciver of England decided not to play in the India series in order to concentrate on her mental health. As a result, the 30-year-old lost her top spot on the list of ODI all-rounders to experienced Australian Ellyse Perry.