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Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 29 years 216 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 9 17 6 27 8 2.45 137 19.70 0 0 2 1 0 0
ODIs 66 35 19 40 6 2.50 177 22.59 0 0 1 0 10 0
T20Is 15 4 2 7 4* 3.50 9 77.77 0 0 0 0 3 0
First-class 78 124 35 769 36 8.64 2445 31.45 0 0 16 0
List A 132 72 37 241 29* 6.88 530 45.47 0 0 23 0
Twenty20 50 23 12 96 27* 8.72 113 84.95 0 0 5 0 11 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 9 13 1448 889 20 4/92 5/123 44.45 3.68 72.4 2 0 0
ODIs 66 66 3162 2809 72 6/52 6/52 39.01 5.33 43.9 2 1 0
T20Is 15 15 324 465 12 3/16 3/16 38.75 8.61 27.0 0 0 0
First-class 78 12541 6549 209 7/37 31.33 3.13 60.0 8 6 0
List A 132 6261 5043 173 6/8 6/8 29.15 4.83 36.1 6 3 0
Twenty20 50 50 1090 1325 52 4/17 4/17 25.48 7.29 20.9 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Jan 6-10, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Nov 1-5, 2011 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Nov 28, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, May 31, 2015 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, May 24, 2015 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Matabeleland v Manicaland at Bulawayo, Mar 19-22, 2004 scorecard
Last First-class Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Kwekwe, Mar 4-7, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, May 31, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, May 24, 2015 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2/50 Zimbabwe v Pakistan Lahore 31 May 2015 ODI # 3653
0/70 Zimbabwe v Pakistan Lahore 26 May 2015 ODI # 3651
2/25 Zimbabwe v Pakistan Lahore 24 May 2015 T20I # 418
0/32 Zimbabwe v Pakistan Lahore 22 May 2015 T20I # 417
1/62 Tuskers v Eagles Bulawayo 21 Mar 2015 LA
1/36 Tuskers v Eagles Bulawayo 17 Mar 2015 LA
3/56 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 1 Mar 2015 LA
1/23 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 25 Jan 2015 LA
3/46, 1* Tuskers v Mountaineers Mutare 21 Jan 2015 LA
1*, 3/36 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 17 Jan 2015 LA
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

Latest Articles
Latest Photos

May 31, 2015

Christopher Mpofu exults after dismissing Babar Azam, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Lahore, May 31, 2015

Christopher Mpofu exults after dismissing Babar Azam

© AFP

May 24, 2015

Floored him: Chris Mpofu celebrates removing Umar Akmal, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I, Lahore, May 24, 2015

Floored him: Chris Mpofu celebrates removing Umar Akmal

© AFP

May 20, 2015

Dav Whatmore helps Chris Mpofu loosen up, Lahore, May 20, 2015

Dav Whatmore helps Chris Mpofu loosen up

© AFP


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