The T20 series did not prove to be good for Shefali Verma and could only score 22 runs.
The recent tour of Australia did not prove to be good for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. The Indian team was defeated by 11-5 (points) in the ‘Multi-Format Series’ against Australia. Australia continued the winning streak that started in ODIs in the T20 series as well, while the only day-night Test match ended in a draw. The Indian team came close to victory in some matches in this series but then missed. Opener Smriti Mandhana was the most successful batsman in this tour for the team, while this tour was not very successful for young opener Shafali Verma. The failure, especially in the T20 series, also affected his T20 rankings, where he lost the number one position after several months.
On the tour of Australia, the Indian women’s team was defeated 1-2 in the ODI series, while it was defeated 0-2 in the T20 series. The first match of the T20 series was canceled due to rain. There the test match was a draw. In this series, Shefali played a total of 8 innings as an opener in all three formats, in which she could score only two half-centuries (one ODI and one Test). In the T20 series, she could score only 22 runs in 3 innings, with the highest score being 18 runs.
Beth Mooney becomes number one
This performance of the T20 series had an impact on the rankings and he lost the first place to Australian opener Beth Mooney. Shefali has 726 rating points while Beth Mooney has reached the top with 754 points. Mooney played a key role in Australia’s victory in the T20I series. The swashbuckling batsman scored 34 and 61 runs in the second and third matches respectively, which Australia won.
Mandhana’s ranking remains the same
On the other hand, star Indian opener Smriti Mandhana remains in third place with 709 points. This entire tour was good for Mandhana, in which she scored a century in the Day-Night Test after playing good innings in the ODI series. However, the T20 series was not very good for him either. In only the third match, he played an innings of 52 runs, whereas before that he had scored 17 and 1.
There was no further change in the top 10 of the batting rankings with Australian captain Meg Lenning at fourth and opener Alyssa Healy in sixth. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine and Suzy Bates are ranked fifth and seventh respectively.
Rajeshwari Gaikwad benefits
As far as bowlers are concerned, left-arm Indian spinner Rajeshwari Gaikwad, who was the most successful bowler of the series with five wickets in two innings, has moved up to 12th position. At the same time, Australian spinner Sophie Moulineau has also gained a lot in the rankings. She has managed to break into the top 10 in the bowlers’ list by jumping 12 places to be ranked ninth. Sophie took three wickets in the series at an economy rate of 5.60, which prevented the Indian team from scoring big in the last two matches.
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