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Verma and Ecclestone grab No.1 spots in T20I Rankings

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India opener Shafali Verma and England spinner Sophie Ecclestone go into the semifinals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 as the top ranked batter and bowler in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings.

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Verma’s explosive batting at the top of the order saw her score 161 runs in four innings including knocks of 47 and 46 against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, which helped her become only the second India batter after Mithali Raj to top the Women’s T20I batting rankings.

Verma, 16, takes over from New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, who had been the top batter since October 2018 after wresting the spot from West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor.

Ecclestone, who took eight wickets in four matches including a best of three for seven against the West Indies, is the first England bowler to be number one since Anya Shrubsole in April 2016 and the first England spinner at the top since Danni Hazell in August 2015.

Some fine performances across teams saw a number of batters and bowlers move up the rankings including those who could not make it to the knockout-stage of the 10-team tournament.

Courtesy of the ICC