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Christopher Mpofu
Christopher Mpofu

Batting Style: Right Handed

DOB: 27th Nov 1985

Bowling Style: Right-arm fast medium

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Career Stats
Batting & Fielding
Format Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct st
Tests 14 26 10 105 6.56 33 242 43.39 0 0 7 5 3 0
ODIs 79 39 19 46 2.3 6 198 23.23 0 0 1 0 11 0
T20is 20 5 3 13 6.5 6* 12 108.33 0 0 0 1 3 0
First Class 94 146 44 1063 10.42 57 3112 34.16 0 1 93 12 26 0
List A 164 85 40 282 6.27 29* 597 47.24 0 0 23 1 29 0
T20s 61 25 13 104 8.67 27* 121 85.95 0 0 5 1 13 0
Bowling
Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
Tests 14 22 2408 85 1334 26 51.31 3.32 92.62 4/92 2 0 0
ODIs 79 78 3707 39 3340 87 38.39 5.41 42.61 6/52 2 1 0
T20is 20 20 426 0 616 16 38.5 8.68 26.63 3/16 0 0 0
First Class 94 159 15281 564 7926 252 31.45 3.11 60.64 7/37 8 8 0
List A 164 162 7687 92 6244 210 29.73 4.87 36.6 6/8 7 3 0
T20s 61 61 1306 4 1659 60 27.65 7.62 21.77 4/17 1 0 0
Profile

A lanky fast bowler with good pace, Chris Mpofu has the height to trouble the very best batsmen when his control is up to scratch. That side of his game has improved in recent years, as has his willingness to use the crease to greater effect. He hails from the same southern part of the country as Heath Streak, and has learned much during the former captain's years as national bowling coach. Mpofu began playing the game after watching the 1999 World Cup, despite an absence of equipment - his backyard cricket relied on lemons, which created a focus on pace. "Lemons don't swing or cut or bounce, so it was pace or nothing," he has said. It was Streak's withdrawal along with his 'rebels' that gave Mpofu an early start in international cricket - he was just 19 when he played a one-day international against England in November 2004. He became a regular in the Test side soon after, and showed more promise than many of his hapless teammates prior to Zimbabwe's Test hiatus. A regular member of the one-day side during their Test absence, Mpofu's consistency has gradually improved and he is now their most experienced fast bowler. In 2006 he was forced to cut off his dreadlocks when Zimbabwe’s cricket bosses - prompted by the political leadership - threatened to drop cricketers who sported the hairstyle.

Last Updated:1st Apr 2016 Author:Tristan Holme
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