Shafali Verma retains top spot in ICC T20I rankings

Young Indian opener Shafali Verma retained the top spot in the latest ICC T20 international rankings, while Scotland all-rounder Kathryn Bryce created history.

India's Shafali Verma has played 22 T20I games so far, scoring 617 runs at a strike rate of 148.31 in the process (File Photo).   -  PTI

Teen sensation Shafali Verma retained the top spot in the ICC women's T20I rankings while all-rounder Kathryn Bryce became the first player from Scotland -- male or female -- to make it to the top-10 of the batting or bowling lists.

Kathryn achieved the feat after finishing as the leading run-scorer for her team during a four-match T20I series in Belfast, which Ireland won 3-1. The 23-year-old, who was named the ICC Women's Associate Player of the Decade in December, has gained nine slots to reach the 10th position among batters in the Women's T20I Player Rankings.

Kathryn's sister Sarah Bryce was ranked 14th among women's batters in August 2019 and off-spinner Majid Haq had reached the 13th position among bowlers in the men's T20I rankings in November 2013 in what were the previous highest rankings for Scotland players.

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Kathryn, who aggregated 96 runs in the series including an unbeaten 45 in the third match, has also achieved a career-best ranking as a bowler and all-rounder. She has moved up 35 places to 31st among bowlers after grabbing five wickets in the series.

She is up 10 places to third among all-rounders as well. Ireland's Gaby Lewis, who was the leading scorer in the series with 116 runs, is another gainer in the latest weekly update, progressing seven places to reach the 27th position.

Her teammate Shauna Kavanagh (up 60 places to 103rd) has also made notable progress after finishing with 93 runs. In the bowlers' rankings, Orla Prendergast (up 51 places to 65th) and captain Laura Delany (up two places to 78th) are the Ireland cricket players to experience a significant gain.

Scotland bowlers Katherine Fraser (up 16 places to 61st), Abtaha Maqsood (up 22 places to 72nd), Katie McGill (up 23 places to 76th) and Priyanaz Chatterji (up three places to 99th) have also progressed.

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