SYDNEY, March 4: Teenage Indian batting sensation Shafali Verma on Wednesday rose to the top spot in the ICC women�s T20 International rankings, riding on her stellar run at the ongoing World Cup here.
The 16-year-old Verma takes over from New Zealand�s Suzie Bates, who had been the top batter since October 2018 after wrestling the spot from West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor.
However, Smriti Mandhana has slipped a couple of rungs to sixth in the latest list.
Verma and England spinner Sophie Ecclestone will go into the semifinals of the event as the top ranked batter and bowler respectively. India will take on England on Thursday.
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. It helped her become only the second India batter after Mithali Raj to top the women�s T20I batting rankings, according to an ICC statement.
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.
Among the Indian bowlers, Poonam Yadav is up four places to eighth after a good run in World Cup.
Some valiant performances from Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu have seen her move from 18th to 14th spot for batters. � PTI