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Misbah ul HaqFull name Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi

Born May 28, 1974, Mianwali, Punjab

Major teams Pakistan, Khan Research Labs, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sargodha

Playing role Middle-order batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi (Urdu: مصباح الحق خان نیازی) (born May 28, 1974 at Mianwali) is a Pakistani cricketer and the captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is a solid middle-order batsmen best known for his composure with the bat, whilst also having the ability to be an aggressive big shot player.

Misbah ul Haq has been called Mr. Sensible due to his cool, level-headed approach on the field. He has a masters degree in business administration from the University of Management and Technology, Lahore.

At the age of 33, Misbah was chosen to play in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, filling the middle order spot vacated by Inzamam-ul-Haq. He had been regularly making runs in Pakistani domestic cricket and in the years before his recall he was consistently one of the top run scorers at each season’s end, with his first-class average briefly climbing above 50.

Misbah was one of the stars of the tournament, playing a large part in many thrilling run chases. The first was in the group stage against India where he scored a half century in a tied match. He was run out attempting the winning run off the last ball of the match. In their Super 8s encounter with Australia he was named Man of the Match with an unbeaten 66 off 42 deliveries to see his side home with 5 balls to spare. Another unbeaten innings in the semi final against New Zealand saw Pakistan book a spot in the final against India.

He played an instrumental role in Pakistan’s recovery in the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 final against arch-rivals India, with three sixes. He hit the second legitimate ball of the last over for six. With 6 runs needed to win off 4 remaining balls, Misbah tried to scoop the ball over short fine leg, but was caught out by Sreesanth.

Misbah scored his maiden Test hundred against India at Kolkata in the 2nd Test of the 2007 series. After India managed 616 in their first innings, Pakistan were at 5 for 150 in reply and in danger of following on when Misbah and Kamran Akmal put together a match saving 207 run stand. Misbah finished on 161 not out. In the 3rd & final Test of the series, Misbah made another fluent century this time finishing on 133 not out.

2008 began with some high points for Misbah as he was elevated to the post of Vice – Captain of the Pakistan team and was awarded a Grade A Contract. Since returning to International Cricket for Pakistan, Misbah has gone through a sustained patch of prolific run scoring. In his last 5 Test Match innings for Pakistan, he has notched up 458 runs at a very high batting average of 152.67 against India. In his last 5 ODIs as well, Misbah has made 190 Runs at an average of 63.33 & in Domestic Cricket for Punjab, he has amassed an astounding 586 runs at an average of 195.33 with 2 centuries and his highest first-class score of 208*.

Batting and Fielding Averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 26 50 5 1644 143 36.53 3074 53.48 4 7 209 11 17 0
ODIs 99 99 4 2633 139* 27.71 3857 68.26 4 13 296 23 33 0
T20Is 29 27 0 552 71 20.44 478 115.48 0 2 66 12 11 0
First-class 152 258 11 8519 180 34.48 18 41 134 0
List A 187 187 9 6035 139* 33.90 9 37 77 0
Twenty20 79 77 5 1798 100 24.97 1335 134.68 1 10 221 50 28 0

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 26 42 2250 899 26 4/31 4/61 34.57 2.39 86.5 1 0 0
ODIs 99 92 3935 2702 80 3/17 3/17 33.77 4.11 49.1 0 0 0
T20Is 29 25 452 518 25 4/10 4/10 20.72 6.87 18.0 1 0 0
First-class 152 11503 5132 185 8/57 27.74 2.67 62.1 6 2
List A 187 8245 5613 168 4/23 4/23 33.41 4.08 49.0 2 0 0
Twenty20 79 71 1382 1456 69 4/10 4/10 21.10 6.32 20.0 1 0 0

Misbah ul-Haq News

World Cup trophy global tour: Trophy arrives in Pakistan 17 Sep 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan welcomed the World Cup trophy as it arrived in the country on a global tour Tuesday, with skipper Misbah-ul Haq vowing to win it for the isolated nation and its terror-hit people. Photos: Unveiling ICC World Cup Trophy 2015 in Pakistan Follow Crick...
Pakistan defeat sparks cricket World Cup fears 2 Sep 2014
Karachi – Former cricket greats said Sunday they fear Pakistan’s one-day defeat in Sri Lanka will hurt preparations for the World Cup just five months away. Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets in the third and final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Satu...
Sri Lanka overpower Pakistan to win ODI series 31 Aug 2014
Dambulla (Sri Lanka) – Seamer Thisara Perera claimed 4-34 and Tillakartane Dilshan hit an unbeaten 50 as Sri Lanka trounced Pakistan by seven wickets in the final one-dayer on Saturday to clinch the series 2-1. Full Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI 30 August, 2014 Dham...
2nd ODI: Perera shatters Pakistan with bat and ball 27 Aug 2014
Hambantota (Sri Lanka) – Thisara Perera smashed 65 off 36 balls and then grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by 77 runs in the second one-dayer on Tuesday to level the three-match series 1-1. Full Scorecard: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI 26th August 2014 Sri La...
Maqsood, Alam stun Sri Lanka in first ODI 23 Aug 2014
Hambantota (Sri Lanka) – Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam put on a 147-run stand as Pakistan recovered from the brink to defeat Sri Lanka by four wickets on Saturday and take the lead in the three-match series. Full Scorecard: 1st ODI Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 23 August 2014 Follow P...
Pakistan field against Sri Lanka in first one-dayer 23 Aug 2014
Hambantota (Sri Lanka) – Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in overcast conditions in the first one-day international in Hambantota on Saturday. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Live Score & Updates 23rd August 2014 Follow Pakistan vs Sri Lan...
Pakistan regroup for Sri Lanka one-dayers 23 Aug 2014
Hambantota (Sri Lanka) – Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin a three-match one-day series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other’s firepower and bench strength ahead of the World Cup just six months away. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Live Score & Updates 23rd August 2014 Follow Paki...
Misbah safe despite Sri Lanka defeat – board chief 20 Aug 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s newly elected cricket chief Tuesday backed captain Misbah-ul Haq despite a Test series defeat in Sri Lanka, calling it a setback not a disaster. Follow Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Series Coverage on Cricket.com.pk A 105-run defeat in the second Te...
Losing Test series against Sri Lanka not end of the world: Shaharyar Khan 19 Aug 2014
LAHORE: The newly-elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan while sending mixed signals to the Pakistan team management in Sri Lanka on Monday, endorsed the decision of his predecessor Najam Sethi of retaining Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq for World Cup 2...
Pakistan only good for teams like Zimbabwe: Javed Miandad 19 Aug 2014
ISLAMABAD: Javed Miandad has blamed a weak domestic cricketing base for Pakistan’s poor performance in the 2-0 Test series defeat in in Sri Lanka. “Our batsmen are weak against quality bowling. We could compete against weaker teams like Zimbabwe, but not against teams like Sri...

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