Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 33 years 146 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 15 28 10 105 33 5.83 249 42.16 0 0 7 5 4 0
ODIs 82 39 19 46 6 2.30 198 23.23 0 0 1 0 11 0
T20Is 24 7 4 16 6* 5.33 30 53.33 0 0 0 1 5 0
First-class 104 161 44 1154 57 9.86 3495 33.01 0 1 26 0
List A 180 93 42 404 41 7.92 863 46.81 0 0 31 0
T20s 71 29 15 121 27* 8.64 154 78.57 0 0 6 1 15 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 15 23 2489 1392 29 4/92 5/123 48.00 3.35 85.8 2 0 0
ODIs 82 81 3858 3475 91 6/52 6/52 38.18 5.40 42.3 2 1 0
T20Is 24 24 515 755 20 3/16 3/16 37.75 8.79 25.7 0 0 0
First-class 104 16635 8598 280 7/37 30.70 3.10 59.4 8 10 0
List A 180 8408 6777 232 6/8 6/8 29.21 4.83 36.2 7 3 0
T20s 71 70 1499 1906 69 4/17 4/17 27.62 7.62 21.7 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Jan 6-10, 2005 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Zimbabwe at Port Elizabeth, Dec 26-27, 2017 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Nov 28, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v United Arab Emirates at Harare, Apr 16, 2019 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I South Africa v Zimbabwe at Potchefstroom, Oct 12, 2018 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Matabeleland v Manicaland at Bulawayo, Mar 19-22, 2004 scorecard
Last First-class Matabeleland Tuskers v Mountaineers at Harare, Feb 13-16, 2019 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Zimbabwe v United Arab Emirates at Harare, Apr 16, 2019 scorecard
T20s debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last T20s Matabeleland Tuskers v Mountaineers at Harare, Mar 17, 2019 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2/39 Zimbabwe v U.A.E. Harare 16 Apr 2019 ODI # 4124
1/29 Zimbabwe v U.A.E. Harare 14 Apr 2019 ODI # 4123
- Tuskers v Mountaineers Harare 17 Mar 2019 T20
2/22 Tuskers v Rhinos Harare 15 Mar 2019 T20
0/6 Tuskers v Mountaineers Harare 14 Mar 2019 T20
0/38 Tuskers v Eagles Harare 13 Mar 2019 T20
14, 1/21 Tuskers v Rhinos Harare 12 Mar 2019 T20
0*, 2/21 Tuskers v Eagles Harare 11 Mar 2019 T20
10, 1/34 Tuskers v Eagles Harare 9 Mar 2019 LA
1/37 Tuskers v Mountaineers Harare 3 Mar 2019 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

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Dec 26, 2017

Chris Mpofu heads towards the fielder after taking a wicket, South Africa v Zimbabwe, only Test, 1st day, Port Elizabeth, December 26, 2017

Chris Mpofu heads towards the fielder after taking a wicket

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Dec 26, 2017

Chris Mpofu sends down a delivery, South Africa v Zimbabwe, only Test, 1st day, Port Elizabeth, December 26, 2017

Chris Mpofu sends down a delivery

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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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