Misbah ul-Haq

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Full name Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi
Born May 28, 1974, Mianwali, Punjab
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Major teams Pakistan, Khan Research Labs, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sargodha


Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi 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 48 84 14 3285 161* 46.92 7867 41.75 5 25 342 36 37 0
ODIs 149 136 31 4594 96* 43.75 6223 73.82 0 37 307 71 63 0
T20Is 39 34 13 788 87* 37.52 715 110.20 0 3 45 26 14 0
First-class 195 320 38 14225 284 50.44 38 77 181 0
List A 266 243 53 9118 129* 47.98 11 63 118 0
Twenty20 109 97 28 2433 107* 35.26 2062 117.99 1 9 155 95 39 0

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 48 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 149 1 24 30 0 - - - 7.50 - 0 0 0
T20Is 39 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 195 318 242 3 1/2 80.66 4.56 106.0 0 0
List A 266 144 179 1 1/10 1/10 179.00 7.45 144.0 0 0 0
Twenty20 109 - - - - - - - - - - - -

Misbah ul-Haq News

Waqar desperate to shed Pakistan’s ‘unpredictable’ tag 15 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Coach Waqar Younis is desperate shed the “unpredictable” tag that dogs his Pakistan side ahead of this week’s final two one-day internationals against New Zealand. ...
Shehzad, Afridi star as Pakistan crush New Zealand in 3rd ODI 15 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Opener Ahmed Shehzad hit a swashbuckling hundred and Shahid Afridi made a fiery 55 and took three wickets to lead Pakistan to a crushing 147-run win over New Zealan...
Misbah fined, Milne censured after ODI 13 Dec 2014
Dubai – Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq was fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision and Kiwi bowler Adam Milne was reprimanded for using obscene language during...
Misbah in doubt for third New Zealand ODI 13 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis Saturday admitted skipper Misbah-ul Haq remains doubtful for the third one-day international against New Zealand after he hurt his hamst...
Hafeez lifts Pakistan to 252 in second ODI 12 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Opener Mohammad Hafeez hit a solid half-century as Pakistan made 252 all out in 48.3 overs in the second day-night international against New Zealand in Sharjah on F...
Sohail happy to help suspension-hit Pakistan 9 Dec 2014
Dubai – Pakistan newcomer Haris Sohail Tuesday showed confidence he can help his team’s bowling which has been hit badly by the suspension of ace spinner Saeed Ajmal and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez...
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 3 Wickets in first one-day 8 Dec 2014
Newcomer Haris Sohail batted with maturity during his maiden one day international half-century to steer Pakistan to a three-wicket win in the first day-night international against New Zealand in D...
Pakistan’s World Cup hopes hit by Hafeez bowling suspension 8 Dec 2014
Dubai – All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was suspended for an illegal bowling action the International Cricket Council said Sunday, becoming the second Pakistan player after Saeed Ajmal to be punished f...
Gul, Younis return in Pakistan’s limited over squad 1 Dec 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Paceman Umar Gul and batsman Younis Khan returned to Pakistan’s squads for next month’s Twenty20 and one-day series against New Zealand in United Arab Emirates, off...
McCullum hails ‘band of brothers’ after Hughes tragedy 30 Nov 2014
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Skipper Brendon McCullum hailed New Zealand’s “not so easy” series-levelling win in the third Test against Pakistan on Sunday in the wake of the tragic death of Phi...

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