T20 WORLD CUP: Batting Rankings

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.

Player Played Runs Strike Rate
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

One thought on “T20 WORLD CUP: Batting Rankings

  1. What a shame that the semis are, just a few hours ahead of play being due to start, looking extremely likely to not happen. A lot of these top players in both the batting and bowling rankings might not get to add to their performances. It’s sad for England too as they have been in improving form. The weather forecast is pretty dreadful. The first SF (England v India) looks like being a complete washout, handing India a bye to the final, and the second probably so seeing SA through automatically, unless things improve and they manage to squeeze in a very quick reduced match. At least things look a bit better for Sunday’s final. Whatever happens it’s still been a great tournament to this point.


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