Samarnath Soory
11 Oct 2022 | 11:25 AM

Deepti Sharma climbs to third among T20I bowlers and allrounders

The spin-bowling allrounder claimed seven wickets in three matches in Women's Asia Cup

India allrounder Deepti Sharma's consistent performances in the ongoing Women's Asia Cup propelled her to a career-best third ranking among T20I bowlers and allrounders.  

In the latest ICC rankings updated on Tuesday, Deepti moved to third in Women's T20I Bowling Rankings, usurping West Indies’ Hayley Matthews, South African pacer Shabnim Ismail and Australia’s Megan Schutt.

Deepti has been exceptional with the ball at the Women’s Asia Cup, picking up 3-27 against Pakistan, 2-13 against Bangladesh and 2-10 against Thailand as India sealed their spot in the semifinals. England's spin duo Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn are ahead of Deepti in the rankings.

Among allrounders Deepti is in third, just behind Matthews and New Zealand's Sophie Devine. The lefthander has scored 91 runs from four innings in the Asia Cup at a strike rate of 137.9 which includes a 64 against UAE.

India's middle-order batter Jemimah Rodrigues also moved into the top ten of the T20I Batting Rankings, jumping ahead of compatriot Shafali Verma and New Zealand legend Suzie Bates to go sixth.

Rodrigues hit a classy 76 during Asia Cup clash against Sri Lanka at the start of this month, and she continued that fine form in the latest set of matches.

Her rise into sixth position comes courtesy of two standout knocks in the Women’s Asia Cup – a rollicking unbeaten 75 off just 45 balls to overpower the UAE, and a 24-ball 35 not out that helped see off Bangladesh.

The top five in the Women's T20I Batting Rankings remain unchanged, meaning Beth Mooney stretches her stay at the top. India's vice-captain Smriti Mandhana kept her third place after moving up the rankings last month.

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