Comprehensive 17-, 32- and 23-run wins in the three T20 Internationals against Bangladesh earned many of the Proteas Women important points in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings.
Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Shabnim Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka were the big gainers among the winning side, while Rumana Ahmed, Panna Ghosh and Shamima Sultana were the prime movers for Bangladesh. In the batting chart, Luus’ 104 runs (top score 71) in the series raised her 12 spots to No 26. SA captain Dane van Niekerk retains her 13th place, Mignon du Preez slipped two spots to No 16, while Tryon moved three places up to No 22.
Among the visitors, Ahmed’s 47 runs helped her move up to No 30, while Fargana Hoque, her team’s best batter in the series with 74 runs, moved up five spots to 38th place. Significantly, though much lower down, Sultana’s 67 runs saw her jump 60 spots to the 81st position, joint with India’s Deepti Sharma.
The list continues to be headed by the Windies’ Stafanie Taylor, followed by Suzie Bates and Meg Lanning, the New Zealand and Australia captains respectively.
One of the other Bangladeshi players to gain was Ghosh, the all-rounder. Batting low in the order, she scored 24 runs in three outings without being dismissed even once and also picked up two wickets with her medium pace. As a result, Ghosh moved up 20 spots to No 72 among batters, two spots to be 36th among bowlers, and nine spots to be joint 41st among all-rounders. In that last category too, Luus was the big mover, up four places to No 17.
In the bowlers’ table, Ismail moved up two places to sixth position, joint with New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu, while Van Niekerk (up one spot to joint 13th) and Marizanne Kapp (up one spot to No 22) moved up too, and Khaka rose seven spots to 58th. Ahmed and Ghosh gained two spots to get to No 34 and No 36 respectively, while Khadija Tul Kubra remained the highest-ranked of the Bangladeshi bowlers at No 19 following her three wickets in the series.
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