Dubai: Consequent to her flop in the World T20 final against Australia in Melbourne on Sunday, teenage Indian batting sensation Shafali Verma lost the top spot in the ICC women's T20 International rankings. She slipped to third after managing only two runs.
The 16-year-old Shafali (744 points) had grabbed the top spot at the end of the league stage of the just-concluded women's T20 World Cup which the hosts won for an unprecedented fifth time.
Australia opener Beth Mooney, who hit 78 not out in the final on Sunday, jumped two spots to number one with 762 points to her kitty. She has topped the rankings for the first time in her career.
New Zealand's Suzie Bates (750 points) remained in second position in the list that also features the Indian duo of Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues in the top ten.
While the India vice-captain Mandhana, who had a forgetful tournament, moved down a spot to be ranked seventh, Rodrigues remained static on ninth.
Deepti, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav occupied the sixth, seventh and eighth sports respectively in the bowlers ranking led by England's Sophie Ecclestone. Australia's Megan Schutt and South African Shabnim Ismail occupy the second and third place respectively among bowlers.
While Australia left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen reached a career-best 728 points and fifth place, her best position since a career-best fourth ranking in November 2017.
Her team-mates Sophie Molineux and Delissa Kimmince have advanced 10 places each to reach joint-16th and 31st places respectively....