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South Africa spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba shines to displace India’s Deepti Sharma to third in the ICC T20I Rankings

In South Africa, the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 is all set to commence. The ten competing teams are preparing for the major competition, which begins on February 10. Meanwhile, a few players have seen substantial gains in the most recent ICC rankings before going into the tournament.
Deepti moved up in the batter’s rankings but dropped one spot in the bowlers’ standings. Last week, Deepti moved up to No. 2 and set her sights on knocking England’s Sophie Ecclestone off the top place.
Deepti’s position in the bowlers’ rankings was taken by Nonkululeko Mlaba of South Africa, who moved up to second. On the other hand, with the same number of rating points as Chamari Athapaththu, Harmanpreet Kaur hopes to advance.
Sneh Rana of India shone in the most recent ICC rankings. Rana, a reserve for India’s T20 World Cup squad, rose four spots from 10th to a career-best sixth place in the Women’s T20I bowlers’ rankings.
In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu and Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who will lead India’s effort in the competition, are both still in the top 10 with 612 ranking points. Other Indian players who moved up the batter’s list were Deepti Sharma (up two spots to 23rd) and Harleen Deol (up 20 spots to 110th).
The women in blue put on a lacklustre performance in the most recent matches, but they were unable to defeat South Africa in the Women’s Tri-series. Rana’s performance with the ball was essential as she claimed 2 wickets for 21 runs.
As a result of the batters’ lack of initiative, the Indian women’s side was restricted to just 109/4 in 20 overs. With 46 runs, Harleen Deol led the team in scoring near the board. South Africa, meanwhile, chased the target down in juts 18 overs at the cost of 5 wickets.
The T20 World Cup in South Africa is the next major competition for the women in blue. India has itself listed in Group B, which also encapsulates England, Pakistan, Ireland, and the West Indies. On February 12, they will face off against Pakistan, their arch allies.


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