Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 34 years 190 days

Major teams Zimbabwe, Amakhosi, Mashonaland, Matabeleland, Matabeleland Tuskers, Matabeleland Tuskers, Prosper Utseya XI, Westerns, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe President's XI, Zimbabwe Select XI, Zimbabwe Under-23s, Zimbabwe XI, 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 84 41 21 57 9* 2.85 210 27.14 0 0 1 0 11 0
T20Is 32 11 7 35 17* 8.75 43 81.39 0 0 3 1 5 0
First-class 107 167 45 1232 57 10.09 3662 33.64 0 1 27 0
List A 186 96 44 424 41 8.15 917 46.23 0 0 33 0
T20s 79 33 18 140 27* 9.33 167 83.83 0 0 9 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 84 83 3960 3581 93 6/52 6/52 38.50 5.42 42.5 2 1 0
T20Is 32 32 694 1035 33 4/30 4/30 31.36 8.94 21.0 1 0 0
First-class 107 17092 8752 295 7/37 29.66 3.07 57.9 8 12 1
List A 186 8656 7007 240 6/8 6/8 29.19 4.85 36.0 7 3 0
T20s 79 78 1678 2186 82 4/17 4/17 26.65 7.81 20.4 2 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chattogram, 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 Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Sylhet, Mar 1, 2020 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Dhaka, Mar 11, 2020 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 Bulawayo, Jan 29-31, 2020 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Sylhet, Mar 1, 2020 scorecard
T20s debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last T20s Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Dhaka, Mar 11, 2020 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/27 Zimbabwe v Bangladesh Dhaka 11 Mar 2020 T20I # 1084
1/58, 2* Zimbabwe v Bangladesh Dhaka 9 Mar 2020 T20I # 1082
2/68, 9* Zimbabwe v Bangladesh Sylhet 1 Mar 2020 ODI # 4249
0/43 Zimbabweans v BCB XI Savar (3) 18 Feb 2020 Other
9, 1/26 Tuskers v Rhinos Harare 12 Feb 2020 LA
1/44 Tuskers v Mountaineers Harare 8 Feb 2020 LA
2/27 Tuskers v Rangers Bulawayo 5 Feb 2020 LA
2/27 Tuskers v Rangers Bulawayo 4 Feb 2020 LA
17, 5/16, 0, 6/38 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 29 Jan 2020 FC
1, 0/16, 28, 0/13 Tuskers v Eagles Harare 27 Dec 2019 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

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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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