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16-year-old Shafali Verma is making inroads in the international arena after delivering regularly with attacking knocks at the top of the order and it has helped her climb 19 spots to become the number one T20 batter in the world in the latest ICC rankings.

Shafali’s form and performance, saw her score 161 runs in four innings, including knocks of 47 and 46 against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, as she became only the second India batter after Mithali Raj to top the Women’s T20I batting rankings.

The young opener has taken over from New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, who was leading the batters’ chart since October 2018 after getting the spot from West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor.

Shafali’s opening partner Smriti Mandhana has, has dropped two spots and is currently placed at the sixth position. Jemimah Rodrigues has also made a slip of two spots and is ranked ninth in the latest rankings.

Among the bowlers, England’s Sophie Ecclestone has climbed two spots to attain the number one spot.

Ecclestone, who claimed eight wickets in four matches, including a best of three for seven against the West Indies, is the first England bowler to become number one since Anya Shrubsole in April 2016 and the first England spinner at the top since Danni Hazell in August 2015.

India bowlers Deepti Sharma and Radha Yadav dropped places in the list and are now placed at fifth and seventh spot while star leg-spinner Poonam Yadav, who is having a ball in Australi and is currently the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, has made a jump of four places and is placed at the eighth spot.

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