Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 28 years 299 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 64 35 19 40 6 2.50 177 22.59 0 0 1 0 10 0
T20Is 13 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 120 69 35 239 29* 7.02 518 46.13 0 0 20 0
Twenty20 48 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 64 64 3066 2689 70 6/52 6/52 38.41 5.26 43.8 2 1 0
T20Is 13 13 282 408 10 3/16 3/16 40.80 8.68 28.2 0 0 0
First-class 78 12541 6549 209 7/37 31.33 3.13 60.0 8 6 0
List A 120 5666 4534 152 6/8 6/8 29.82 4.80 37.2 6 3 0
Twenty20 48 48 1048 1268 50 4/17 4/17 25.36 7.25 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 West Indies v Zimbabwe at St George's, Feb 26, 2013 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I West Indies v Zimbabwe at North Sound, Mar 3, 2013 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 Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Kwekwe, Mar 2, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 West Indies v Zimbabwe at North Sound, Mar 3, 2013 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/16, 7*, 14 Tuskers v Rhinos Kwekwe 4 Mar 2014 FC
2*, 0/25 Tuskers v Rhinos Kwekwe 2 Mar 2014 LA
0/19, 8 Utseya XI v Taylor XI Harare 19 Feb 2014 Other T20
2/33 Utseya XI v Taylor XI Harare 18 Feb 2014 Other T20
0/19 Utseya XI v Masakadza XI Harare 18 Feb 2014 Other T20
1/32 Utseya XI v Masakadza XI Harare 17 Feb 2014 Other T20
14, 1/43 Tuskers v Rocks Masvingo 9 Dec 2013 FC
4/32, 0* Tuskers v Rocks Masvingo 7 Dec 2013 LA
1/27 Zimbabwe v West Indies North Sound 3 Mar 2013 T20I # 308
2/14 Zimbabwe v West Indies North Sound 2 Mar 2013 T20I # 305
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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Latest Photos

Jun 20, 2012

Chris Mpofu delivers the ball, Zimbabwe v South Africa, T20 tri-series, Harare, June 20, 2012

Chris Mpofu delivers the ball

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Nov 4, 2011

Kyle Jarvis high-fives Chris Mpofu after completing his maiden five-for, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, only Test, Bulawayo, 4th day, November 4, 2011

Kyle Jarvis high-fives Chris Mpofu after completing his maiden five-for

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Nov 2, 2011

Chris Mpofu and Ray Price celebrate a wicket, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, only Test, Bulawayo, 2nd day, November 2, 2011

Chris Mpofu and Ray Price celebrate a wicket

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Tour Results
Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare - Sep 18, 2011
Pakistan won by 5 runs
Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare - Sep 16, 2011
Pakistan won by 85 runs
Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare - Sep 14, 2011
Pakistan won by 28 runs
Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare - Sep 11, 2011
Pakistan won by 10 wickets (with 47 balls remaining)
Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo - Sep 8, 2011
Pakistan won by 5 runs
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