India opener Smriti Mandhana, following her recent performance in the three-match series against England, has taken the No. 2 spot in the ICC T20I rankings for batters, pushing Australian stalwart Meg Lanning to the third spot while also having the top spot — currently held by another Australian Beth Mooney — in her sights.
Mooney is leading the T20I batters’ table with 743 points, while Mandhana is second with 731 and Lanning third with 725 points in the latest ICC rankings released on Tuesday.
Mandhana scored 111 runs during the three-match series and that helped the 26-year-old rise two spots to second overall on the latest list for T20I batters.
New Zealand counterpart Sophie Devine (715) also lost a place to the in-form India batter. India’s young opener Shafali Verma is sixth with 666 points.
Mandhana also made an eye-catching move up the rankings for ODI batters, following her impressive start to the ongoing three-game series against England. The left-hander smashed a superb 91 during India’s seven-wicket triumph in the opening match of the series in Hove and was rewarded by rising three places to seventh overall on the list for batters.