If tournament cricket is about your in-form players peaking at the right time, then England are in a very healthy position going into the knockout stages of the T20 World Cup, with two of the top 3 ranked players in both batting and bowling.
With the bat, Heather Knight is the top-ranked player, after two match-winning contributions of 108* and 62 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, against Thailand and Pakistan; whilst Nat Sciver is ranked third, having scored more runs but at a lower strike rate. Sciver has been Ms Consistent for England, with three 50s and a lowest score of 36 – still a significant innings in T20 cricket.
Wedged between them is Shafali “Did you know she’s only 16?” Verma – the sixteen-year-old teenage wonder-kid who is only sixteen. [Ed: Ok – you’ve made the point!]
Shafali has it all in her armoury – the big slog and the elegant drive, and she’s been getting India off to a series of flying starts, at a strike rate that puts the “power” in powerplay. And even though her strike rate dropped-off slightly in her two bigger innings, against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, it was still touching 150 on both occasions.
Ranked 4th is Chamari Atapattu, who has once again held Sri Lanaka together with the bat and kept them competitive against the bigger sides. With the retirement of Shashikala Siriwardene, Sri Lanka will be even more dependent on Atapattu going forwards, and that has to be a worry for a side who are already ranked bottom of the “Top 8”, though bringing Bangladesh and (probably – sorry Ireland) Thailand into the ICC Championship will help them to get some more competitive matches over the 2021-25 cycle.
Australia’s top-ranked batter is Alyssa Healy, who has rediscovered some form after a dismal Tri-Series, closely followed by Beth Mooney. Interestingly, Meg Lanning doesn’t make an appearance until No. 25 – only just ahead of much-criticised Amy Jones – though as @_hypocaust has observed, she tends to save it for the knockout stages in these big tournaments, so there could be more of her to come.
|1. Heather Knight (ENG)||4||193||137|
|2. Shafali Verma (IND)||4||161||161|
|3. Nat Sciver (ENG)||4||202||113|
|4. Chamari Atapattu (SL)||4||154||135|
|5. Alyssa Healy (AUS)||4||143||144|
|6. Beth Mooney (AUS)||4||153||119|
|7. Lizelle Lee (SA)||3||109||143|
|8. Sophie Devine (NZ)||4||132||104|
|9. Rachael Haynes (AUS)||4||85||135|
|10. Maddy Green (NZ)||4||92||112|
|11. Sune Luus (SA)||3||74||137|
|12. Nigar Sultana (BD)||4||114||88|
|13. Aliya Riaz (PAK)||4||80||123|
|14. Katy Martin (NZ)||4||72||129|
|15. Javeria Khan (PAK)||4||82||106|
|16. Nattakan Chantam (THI)||4||103||84|
|17. Ashleigh Gardner (AUS)||4||78||107|
|18. Deepti Sharma (IND)||4||83||97|
|19. Laura Wolvaardt (SA)||3||53||147|
|20. Jemima Rodrigues (IND)||4||85||90|
|21. Marizanne Kapp (SA)||2||69||106|
|22. Chloe Tryon (SA)||3||46||153|
|23. Shemaine Campbelle (WI)||3||69||101|
|24. Stafanie Taylor (WI)||3||84||82|
|25. Meg Lanning (AUS)||4||67||97|
|26. Amy Jones (ENG)||4||48||123|
|27. Amelia Kerr (NZ)||4||41||137|
|28. Rachel Priest (NZ)||4||60||88|
|29. Nannapat Koncharoenkai (THI)||4||65||78|
|30. Danni Wyatt (ENG)||4||47||102|
Batting Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate