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Mandhana makes huge gains in ICC rankings

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Dubai: India opener Smriti Mandhana has made significant gains in the latest update to the ICC Women’s Player Rankings, advancing in both the ODI and T20I lists after some fine performances in England.

The left-hander, a formerly top-ranked batter in ODIs, has moved up three slots to seventh position after a match-winning 91 in the first ODI of their ICC Women’s Championship series against England.

Mandhana’s aggregate of 111 runs in a preceding three-T20I series has lifted her two places to a career-best second position in the shortest format.

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has advanced four places to ninth position in ODIs, and all-rounder Deepti Sharma has gained one slot to reach 32nd position.

Wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia has progressed eight places to 37th after India’s seven-wicket win in Hove on Saturday. Sharma has also progressed six places to 12th among bowlers.

The India-England T20I series also sees Harmanpreet (up one place to 14th among batters), new-ball bowler Renuka Singh (up three places to 10th among bowlers), and spinner Radha Yadav (up four places to 14th among bowlers) make notable gains in Tuesday’s update.

All-rounders Sneha Rana and Pooja Vastrakar are in joint-41st position.

For England, Emma Lamb and Sophie Ecclestone have gained three slots each and are 64th and 72nd among batters, respectively, while Charlie Dean is up to 86th in the list. Dean is also up four places to 20th among bowlers, while Kate Cross is in the top 10 after grabbing two wickets with her seam bowling.

England’s Sophia Dunkley is up 12 places to 32nd after leading the run aggregate with 115 runs in the T20I series while Alice Capsey is now 20th among batters.

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