ICC T20I rankings: Shafali climbs to second spot; Smriti, Jemimah remain at 7th and 9th

Shafali Verma moved up a place to second while Smriti Mandhana retained the seventh spot in the latest ICC women's T20I rankings, released on Tuesday.

India opener Shafali Verma during the T20 World Cup.   -  PTI

India's teenaged batting sensation Shafali Verma moved up a place to second while vice-captain Smriti Mandhana retained the seventh spot in the latest ICC women's T20I rankings, released on Tuesday.

With 744 rating points, Verma is behind leader Beth Mooney (748) of Australia while Mandhana has 693 points.

Jemimah Rodrigues -- with 643 points -- remained at the ninth spot to be the third Indian batswoman in the top 10. Sophie Devine (3rd) of New Zealand, Australia's Meg Lanning (4th) and Alyssa Heally (5th) all moved up a rung each.

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All-rounder Deepti Sharma (6th), spinners Radha Yadav (8th) and Poonam Yadav (9th) were in the top 10 in the bowlers list.

England's Sophie Eccleston (799) continued to lead the bowlers' list and was followed by Shabnim Ismail (764) of South Africa in the second spot.

England's Sarah Glenn (755), Australia's Megan Schutt (753) and Jess Jonassen (730) round up the top five. Deepti was the lone Indian to figure in the all-rounders' list. She is placed fourth with 302 points.

India hasn't played a T20 International in over a year. It last played on March 8, 2020 when it lost to Australia in the T20 World Cup final.

India will take on South Africa in a three-match T20 series starting, March 20.