Richa Ghosh climbs 16 spots in latest ICC Women’s T20I rankings

Richa Ghosh

Richa Ghosh, an Indian wicketkeeper-batswoman, made history on Tuesday by climbing 16 spots in the most recent ICC Women’s T20I rankings, into the top 20 for the first time, thanks to some strong performances at the ongoing shortest format World Cup in South Africa. At the Women’s T20 World Cup over the previous week, Ghosh’s unbeaten scores of 41 against the West Indies and 47 against England propelled her to a career-best 20th place. Smriti Mandhana (third), Shafali Verma (10th), Jemimah Rodrigues (12th), and Harmanpreet Kaur (13th) came before her on the rankings, making her the fifth Indian to place in the top 20.

On the other side, Pakistani Muneeba Ali and New Zealand all-rounder Amelia Kerr both achieved career high rankings.

In contrast, Pakistan’s left-handed opener Muneeba rose 10 spots to a career-best 64th after becoming the first woman from her nation to achieve a T20I century. Kerr’s match-winning 66 against Sri Lanka in Paarl boosted her reach a career-best 16th rank.

Kerr has also climbed three positions to take up 13th place among bowlers.

Meg Lanning, the captain of Australia, went up one spot to fourth after scoring 48 runs against Bangladesh, and Suzie Bates, a previous captain of New Zealand, moved up two spots to sixth after scoring 81 runs against Bangladesh and 56 runs against Sri Lanka.

Other players to climb up the batting rankings include Sri Lanka’s Harshitha Samarawickrama (up four spots to 39th), England’s Amy Jones (up two spots to 26th), and South Africa’s Tazmin Brits (up six spots to 21st).