Beth Mooney new World No. 1 T20I batter; Shafali Verma drops to third

Beth Mooney’s 259 runs in six innings at the Women’s T20 World Cup, the most in a single edition, has seen her move up two spots and become the new No. 1 T20I batter in the world.

Mooney scored 60 in the must-win group-stage game against New Zealand, then 28 in the semi-final against South Africa and finally 78 not out in the final against India on Sunday at the MCG, which Australia won to take the trophy for a fifth time. Her consistent run-scoring through the World Cup won her the Player of the Tournament award too.

India’s 16-year-old Shafali Verma had entered the playoff stage of the World Cup ranked No. 1, but a washed-out semi-final against England and 2 in the final meant she dropped to third.

New Zealand’s Suzie Bates remained in second place.

This is the first time Mooney has been at the top of the rankings chart; the closest she had come to being No. 1 was in March 2018, when…

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