Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 31 years 120 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 11 21 7 49 20 3.50 171 28.65 0 0 2 3 2 0
ODIs 76 39 19 46 6 2.30 198 23.23 0 0 1 0 11 0
T20Is 20 5 3 13 6* 6.50 12 108.33 0 0 0 1 3 0
First-class 87 136 40 955 57 9.94 2815 33.92 0 1 22 0
List A 152 82 40 278 29* 6.61 581 47.84 0 0 25 0
Twenty20 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 11 17 1994 1170 25 4/92 5/123 46.80 3.52 79.7 2 0 0
ODIs 76 75 3587 3209 85 6/52 6/52 37.75 5.36 42.2 2 1 0
T20Is 20 20 426 616 16 3/16 3/16 38.50 8.67 26.6 0 0 0
First-class 87 14045 7379 232 7/37 31.80 3.15 60.5 8 6 0
List A 152 7147 5776 194 6/8 6/8 29.77 4.84 36.8 6 3 0
Twenty20 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 Sri Lanka at Harare, Nov 6-10, 2016 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Nov 28, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare, Feb 26, 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 Mashonaland Eagles at Harare, Mar 22-25, 2017 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare, Feb 26, 2017 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Bulawayo, Feb 13, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/91, 0, 41 Tuskers v Eagles Harare 22 Mar 2017 FC
2/46 Tuskers v Eagles Harare 4 Mar 2017 FC
3/46, 3 Zimbabwe v Afghanistan Harare 26 Feb 2017 ODI # 3842
3/25 Zimbabwe v Afghanistan Harare 24 Feb 2017 ODI # 3840
1, 3/24 Zimbabwe v Afghanistan Harare 21 Feb 2017 ODI # 3838
1/51, 0 Zimbabwe v Afghanistan Harare 19 Feb 2017 ODI # 3837
2/45 Zimbabwe v Afghanistan Harare 16 Feb 2017 ODI # 3835
2/12 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 12 Feb 2017 LA
2/34 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 10 Feb 2017 LA
0/53, 7*, 1/12 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 18 Dec 2016 FC
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

Nov 19, 2016

Chris Mpofu works the ball into the leg side, Zimbabwe v West Indies, tri-nation series, Bulawayo, November 19, 2016

Chris Mpofu works the ball into the leg side

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Nov 19, 2016

Chris Mpofu has his stumps broken by Carlos Brathwaite, Zimbabwe v West Indies, tri-nation series, Bulawayo, November 19, 2016

Chris Mpofu has his stumps broken by Carlos Brathwaite

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Nov 6, 2016

Chris Mpofu trapped Kaushal Silva lbw, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day, November 6, 2016

Chris Mpofu trapped Kaushal Silva lbw

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Tour Results
Zimbabwe v India at Harare - Jun 13, 2010
India won by 7 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Zimbabwe v India at Harare - Jun 12, 2010
India won by 6 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Harare - Jun 5, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Zimbabwe v India at Harare - Jun 3, 2010
Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Bulawayo - May 30, 2010
India won by 7 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)
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