Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 32 years 19 days

Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Matabeleland, Matabeleland Tuskers, Westerns, Zimbabwe XI

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Christopher Bobby Mpofu
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 14 26 10 105 33 6.56 242 43.38 0 0 7 5 3 0
ODIs Insights on odi 79 39 19 46 6 2.30 198 23.23 0 0 1 0 11 0
T20Is Insights on t20i 20 5 3 13 6* 6.50 12 108.33 0 0 0 1 3 0
First-class 96 149 44 1072 57 10.20 3174 33.77 0 1 25 0
List A 165 87 41 289 29* 6.28 610 47.37 0 0 27 0
T20s Insights on t20 61 25 13 104 27* 8.66 121 85.95 0 0 5 1 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 14 22 2408 1334 26 4/92 5/123 51.30 3.32 92.6 2 0 0
ODIs Insights on odi 79 78 3707 3340 87 6/52 6/52 38.39 5.40 42.6 2 1 0
T20Is Insights on t20i 20 20 426 616 16 3/16 3/16 38.50 8.67 26.6 0 0 0
First-class 96 15503 8029 255 7/37 31.48 3.10 60.7 8 8 0
List A 165 7711 6263 211 6/8 6/8 29.68 4.87 36.5 7 3 0
T20s Insights on t20 61 61 1306 1659 60 4/17 4/17 27.65 7.62 21.7 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Jan 6-10, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, Oct 29-Nov 2, 2017 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Nov 28, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, Jul 10, 2017 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Bulawayo, Oct 28, 2015 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Matabeleland v Manicaland at Bulawayo, Mar 19-22, 2004 scorecard
Last First-class Matabeleland Tuskers v Mountaineers at Bulawayo, Dec 3-5, 2017 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Matabeleland Tuskers v Mountaineers at Bulawayo, Dec 1, 2017 scorecard
T20s debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last T20s Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Bulawayo, Feb 13, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0, 0/32, 1 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 3 Dec 2017 FC
7, 1/19 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 1 Dec 2017 LA
2/57, 8, 1/14 Tuskers v Rising Stars Harare 21 Nov 2017 FC
2/41, 0, 0/18 Tuskers v Rhinos Kwekwe 12 Nov 2017 FC
4*, 1/55 Zimbabwe v West Indies Bulawayo 29 Oct 2017 Test # 2280 Insights on
0/28, 10, 0/30, 33 Zimbabwe v West Indies Bulawayo 21 Oct 2017 Test # 2279 Insights on
0, 5/32, 2/78 Tuskers v Eagles Harare 4 Oct 2017 FC
3*, 1/39 Zim Select v KNCB XI Harare 1 Oct 2017 LA
2/20 Zim Select v KNCB XI Harare 29 Sep 2017 LA
0*, 0/41, 9*, 0/10 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 14 Jul 2017 Test # 2263 Insights on
Profile

Among the clutch of players given their chance at international level because of the exodus of the rebels, Christopher Mpofu looks like he may have the abilities to forge a decent career. A tall seam bowler, he hits the pitch hard and can get good away movement - but as with many young quick bowlers consistency is his major problem. Technically, he has a good action but a better brace of his front leg through his delivery stride would allow him to make the most of his height, rather than collapsing as he tends to do at the moment. He made his ODI debut against England in October 2004 and caused the England top-order a few anxious moments. His early Test appearances did not set the world alight, and he lost his place after taking 3 for 343 in four matches - but he has the basics and anyone with a semblance of talent should be encouraged and nurtured. Mpofu has benefited noticeably from Heath Streak's appointment as Zimbabwe's bowling coach as his action has smoothed out, his outswing is becoming more consistent (although he still has a frustrating propensity to go too wide of off stump) and his pace has increased. One definite shortcoming, however, is his crease occupation. Not content with being stumped twice in an afternoon (for a pair) in the first Test against New Zealand in August 2005, he followed up by being run out for 3 in the second match, as he strolled down the pitch to congratulate his team-mate on reaching his half-century. He still tends to blow hot and cold and has few rivals in the race to be considered international cricket's worst batsman, but when Zimbabwe return to Test cricket Mpofu will have an important role to play.
Andrew McGlashan

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Jul 10, 2017

Graeme Cremer and Chris Mpofu take flight to celebrate a wicket, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 5th ODI, Hambantota, July 10, 2017

Graeme Cremer and Chris Mpofu take flight to celebrate a wicket

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Jul 10, 2017

Tendai Chatara and Chris Mpofu are ecstatic as they celebrate Niroshan Dickwella's wicket, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 5th ODI, Hambantota, July 10, 2017

Tendai Chatara and Chris Mpofu are ecstatic as they celebrate Niroshan Dickwella's wicket

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Jun 29, 2017

Chris Mpofu finds a reason to smile during training, Galle, June 29, 2017

Chris Mpofu finds a reason to smile during training

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