Smriti Mandhana climbs in ICC rankings for women’s cricket

| Updated: 11 June, 2024 6:09 pm IST

NEW DELHI: In the realm of women’s cricket, India’s dynamic opener Smriti Mandhana has once again affirmed her prowess on the international stage, making notable strides in the latest ICC rankings across both T20Is and ODIs. Mandhana’s remarkable performances have not only solidified her position among the top players but have also garnered attention for her consistency and skill.

In the latest update of the ICC T20I Rankings for Batswomen, Indian cricket sensation Smriti Mandhana has climbed to the sixth position, marking a significant advancement in her international standing. Mandhana’s consistent performances and unwavering dedication have propelled her up the rankings, underscoring her impact as a key player in the Indian women’s cricket team. Despite facing formidable competition on the global stage, Mandhana’s remarkable skill and ability to deliver under pressure have earned her recognition among the top batswomen in the world.

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Meanwhile, her opening partner, the prodigious talent Shafali Verma, has retained her No. 1 rank, further solidifying India’s dominance at the top of the batting order. The rankings update comes on the heels of pivotal T20I encounters, including the final clash between India Women and South Africa Women, where Mandhana’s contributions likely influenced her upward movement in the rankings. Additionally, performances in the opening T20I fixture between Australia Women and New Zealand Women also factored into the updated standings, highlighting the global scope of the rankings assessment.

Alongside Mandhana’s rise, there has been notable progress in the bowling department, with India’s Rajeshwari Gayakwad making a significant leap of 12 spots in the ICC Women’s T20I Rankings for Bowlers, achieving a career-best 13th ranking. Gayakwad’s ascent underscores the depth and talent within the Indian women’s cricket team, with players across various disciplines making their mark on the international stage. As the cricketing landscape continues to evolve, Mandhana’s elevation in the rankings serves as a testament to her enduring impact and unwavering commitment to excellence, inspiring fans and aspiring cricketers around the world.

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