Sadia Iqbal climbs to No4 in the ICC T20I rankings

By our correspondent
LAHORE: After making history in New Zealand by defeating the hosts in a three-match T20I series 2-1, the Pakistan women’s team is also making significant strides in the ICC Women’s rankings.
Left-arm spinner Sadia Iqbal, a key contributor to Pakistan’s success against the White Ferns in the T20I series, has been rewarded by reaching the fourth spot in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings. The 28-year-old Sadia has played 28 T20Is, taking 29 wickets, with her best figures of three wickets for 19 runs against Bangladesh in 2019.
For her consistent performance, Sadia was shortlisted for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for November. In ODIs, Sadia has climbed six places to currently sit at number 34.
Another left-arm spinner from Pakistan, Nashra Sundhu, is also among the top 10 bowlers in the ICC Women’s T20 rankings. Nashra, who has taken 53 wickets in 51 T20Is, holds the eighth spot. In ODIs, Nashra has moved up two places to 13th.
Apart from Nashra and Sadia, captain Nida Dar is ranked fifth among all-rounders in ICC Women’s T20I rankings, and in bowling, she is at number 18.
In the ICC Women’s ODI rankings, Sidra Amin has shown progress, rising three places to 21st due to her century (105, 117B, 12x4s) against the White Ferns on Tuesday at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown. Sidra is also leading the batting charts of ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25, scoring 852 runs from 16 matches at an average of 65.53. The right-handed opening batter has struck three centuries and four half-centuries in championship matches.
Cherishing the moment, Sadia Iqbal said, “Cricket is all about challenges and milestones, and reaching number four in the ICC T20I bowlers rankings is a significant milestone in my career. I owe this achievement to the collective efforts of the team and the unconditional support from fans. I am also grateful to the coaching staff who have played a crucial role in my journey and I am looking forward to bringing more success for my country in the future.”

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