16-Year-Old Shafali Verma Became World Number One in T20

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16-year-old sensation Shafali Verma has rocked his bat. In the current Women’s T20 World Cup, Shafali has so far played such a bat that everyone is surprised. The Indian team has benefited in almost every match with the cold start of Shafali. And due to this, Team India is ready to step up to reach the final for the first time.

Team India will face England on Thursday in the semi-finals, but just a day before this came good news for the Indian fans. Shafali Verma has become the number-1 batsman of the women’s T20. In the rankings of batsmen released by the ICC on Wednesday, Shafali has jumped 19 places and reach the top.

Shafali Verma Ranking

Shafali, who played only 18 T20 Internationals, has so far played stormy innings of 47, 46, 39 and 29 runs in the Women’s T20 World Cup. During this time, she was also the Player of the Match twice in a row.

Opener Shafali Verma is on top with 761 points; she manages to climb 19 places. Suzy Bates of New Zealand is in second place with a loss of one site. He has 750 points in his account.

Shafali has moved Suzy Bates to number-2. Suzy was at number-1 since October 2018, when she took the position from West Indies captain Stephanie Taylor.

Shafali Did This Feat After Mithali

The semi-finals between India and England are to play on Thursday. Shafali Verma has scored 161 runs in four innings so far in the current tournament. According to the ICC statement, Shafali is the second Indian batsman after Mithali Raj to top the women’s T20 international batting rankings.

On the other hand, Smriti Mandhana has lost two places and has slipped to sixth place. Shafali Verma and England spinner Sophie Ecclestone will enter the T20 World Cup semi-finals as the top-ranked batsman and bowler, respectively. Among Indian bowlers, Poonam Yadav has gained four places to the eighth position.

Talking of cricketers who have scored at least 200 runs in Women’s T20 International, Shafali Verma has so far scored 485 runs at a strike rate of 146.96. His strike rate is the highest. Shafali is followed by Chole Trion of South Africa, who has scored 756 runs at a strike rate of 140.00.