Misbah ul-Haq

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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

Pakistan’s Lahore Lions get Champions League T20 invite 16 Jul 2014
Karachi – Pakistan will send its domestic Twenty20 champions Lahore Lions to play in the Champions League to be held in India in September, an official said Wednesday. Full coverage of CLT20 in India The Lions, led by former Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, beat Misb...
Younis returns to ODI squad as Pakistan name squad for Sri Lanka 9 Jul 2014
Karachi – Pakistan Wednesday recalled Younis Khan to their one-day international squad after a 16-month gap, giving the veteran batsman one last chance to press his claim for a place at next year’s World Cup. The 36-year-old was recalled to the 15-man squad for three one-day i...
Australia tops ICC Test rankings, Pakistan third 3 Jul 2014
The Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table has shown no movement as Australia remains top-ranked with 123 ratings points, while South Africa a close second. According to the latest Test team rankings issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday, Pakistan stands ...
Waqar says Pakistan focused on S. Lanka, Australia series 3 Jul 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis insisted Tuesday that next year’s World Cup would not distract his side as they prepare for tough series against Sri Lanka and Australia. Latest Series Updates: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka | Pakistan vs Australia | Pakistan vs ...
Right now I’m not enjoying playing for Pakistan: Shoaib Malik 29 Jun 2014
Shoaib Malik has represented Pakistan on more than 300 occasions across all formats and in this time he has accumulated over 8,000 runs as well as picking up 178 international scalps for Pakistan. The all-rounder last represented Pakistan in their unsuccessful 2014 World T20 c...
No positive news expected this year from Sri Lanka Cricket: Najam Sethi 23 Jun 2014
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi spoke exclusively to PakPassion.net about the impact of the recent events at Karachi airport and the consequences it has had on the chances of Pakistan holding international cricket in the near future, his plans to re-organize the affairs of PCB and to...
Pakistan gets tough on out-of-shape players 15 Jun 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan plans to fine its most unfit players if they fail to meet tough new standards, former fast bowler Mohammad Akram told AFP as he wrapped up a month-long boot camp with the team. ALSO SEE: PCB Summer Camp in Pictures Long regarded as one of cricket’s...
Pakistan maintains 6th position in ICC ODI rankings 6 Jun 2014
KARACHI: Pakistan has maintained its sixth position with 100 points in the recently released ODI rankings by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ICC Rankings Home | ODI Rankings | Test Rankings | T20 Rankings Batsmen Rankings | Bowlers Ranking | All Rounders Ranking Accor...
PCB announces central contracts with increased remuneration 5 Jun 2014
Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the award of its Players Central Contracts for the calendar year 2014 to 31 established and youngsters with an increase in remuneration. See more pictures from the PCB Summer Camp The standout feature this year is that not on...
Young players must be groomed for captaincy in Pakistan: Misbah 4 Jun 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq Wednesday said he was not worried about his future but stressed that several talented young players were capable of taking over from him and should be groomed for the captaincy. Also See: Pakistan Summer Camp Training Pictures...

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