Ashleigh Gardner came back from one of the lowest points in her career to become the No. 1 all-rounder in women’s T20Is. This was recognised by the ICC. The 25-year-old had a hard time in 2021, especially during the WBBL season, when all of her team’s games had to be played away from home because of strict Covid-19 rules. Now, because of how she did in 2022, she will start the new year at the top of the rankings for allrounders. She will also be No. 7 among batters and 14th among bowlers.
Recent things that Gardner has done include a standout performance in a five-match T20I series against India, where she showed that she was good at getting Australia out of trouble. Overall, she scored 115 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 167. She also took seven wickets and kept her economy rate at 7. This is the first time that Gardner has been at the top of the all-rounder rankings. She moved up two spots to take over from Sophie Devine of New Zealand.
Deepti Sharma of India was also one of the best players in that series. She scored 128 runs at a strike rate of 164 and took six wickets at an economy rate of 9.46. She is now the world’s No. 3 all-around player.
Smriti Mandhana, who played a big part in India’s only win out of those five, is ranked third, and Shafali Verma, who will lead India at the Under-19 World Cup next month, is ranked sixth. Both are considered to be among the top 10 batters in T20Is. The list, though, is dominated by Australians. Tahlia McGrath and Beth Mooney are at the top, followed by Meg Lanning, who will soon be back from a long break, Meg Gardner, and Alyssa Healy.
Grace Harris moved up 33 spots to No. 61 after scoring 132 runs at a strike rate of 203 in those five games against India. Jemimah Rodrigues, on the other hand, fell out of the top 10 because she had three scores of less than 10 in her last four innings.