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

New Zealand reach 295-6 at lunch in second Test 18 Nov 2014
Dubai – New Zealand lost three early wickets including that of centurion Tom Latham before reaching 295-6 at lunch in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Tuesday. Resuming the second day o...
Misbah proud as Pakistan’s best Test captain 13 Nov 2014
Abu Dhabi – Misbah-ul Haq said he felt proud to become his country’s most successful captain, four years after he was handed the job following the spot-fixing scandal that left Pakistan cricket in ...
Pakistan complete New Zealand rout in first cricket Test 13 Nov 2014
Abu Dhabi – Pakistan‘s Misbah-ul Haq became his country’s most successful captain as his team strolled to victory by 248 runs in its first Test against New Zealand on Thursday, taking a 1-0 lead in...
Shehzad fractures skull as Pakistan take charge against NZ 11 Nov 2014
Abu Dhabi – Ahmed Shehzad hit a career-best 176 before being rushed to hospital with a fractured skull as Pakistan’s batsmen smashed New Zealand around the ground in the first Test on Monday. LIVE:...
Empty stands fuel fears for Test future 10 Nov 2014
New Delhi – Pakistan’s stunning series win over Australia may have had fans applauding from afar, but it was played out against a familiar backdrop of empty stands, stoking fears that interest in T...
1st Test: Ton-up Shehzad flays New Zealand on Day 1 9 Nov 2014
Abu Dhabi – Opener Ahmed Shehzad hit a brilliant hundred to steer Pakistan to 269-1 at close on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Full LIVE: 1st Test Pak...
1st Test: Pakistan start solidly against New Zealand 9 Nov 2014
Abu Dhabi – Pakistan got off to a confident start in their first Test against New Zealand on Sunday, posting 85 without loss at lunch on the opening day. Full LIVE: 1st Test Pakistan vs New Zealand...
Spin-hit Australia look to bounce back 29 Oct 2014
Abu Dhabi – After failing another Asian spin test, Australia will strive to bounce back in the second and final Test against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The world number two team we...
Pakistan set to host England and India in 2015 17 Oct 2014
Pakistan and India have not played a bilateral Test series since 2007 because of bad relations between the two governments after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Desperately looking to boost its ...
Pakistan’s Misbah accepts blame for failure of Sri Lanka tour 17 Oct 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s cricket captain Misbah-ul Haq on Tuesday admitted his failure with the bat was a “big factor” in his team’s disastrous tour of Sri Lanka. Pakistan were beaten 2-0 in ...

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