Shafali Verma achieved another high after having grabbed the highest spot within the women’s T20I Rankings in the latest list of the International Cricket Council.
Shafali, 16 years old, is the youngest Indian ever to be ranked No. 1 in an ICC Player Rankings list.
Having amassed 161 runs in four matches, Shafali has been one of the highest performers within the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Shafali has been one among the key players for India within their campaign thus far together with her contributions at the highest of the order being one key reason for the team’s unbeaten run in the tournament. She has become the second Indian to be ranked No. 1 in women’s T20I after Mithali Raj.
The teen sensation from Rohtak has but 6 months to rise to the highest in T20I cricket after making her debut in September last year against South Africa in Surat.
Meanwhile, Shafali’s opening partner Smriti Mandhana fell two spots from fourth after a string of low scores within the T20 WC. Jemimah Rodrigues, the third Indian within the top-10, also slipped two places to be ranked 9th.
Ecclestone is currently the second-highest wicket-taker behind India’s Poonam Yadav within the Women’s T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, having jumped 4 places to be ranked No. 8, Poonam has taken 9 wickets from 4 games while Ecclestone has 8.
The rise of Shafali and Ecclestone only adds more spice to the Women’s T20 World Cup as both are going to be up against one another within the upcoming semi-final between England and India in Sydney on March 5. The second semi-final is going to be played between Australia and South Africa at an equivalent date and venue but it’ll be an evening game.
India was the sole team that emerges from the groups with a perfect record and their clash with England might be a re-run of the 2017 World Cup final, won by Heather Knight’s side.