Chris Mpofu
Zimbabwe

Personal Information

Full Name : Christopher Bobby Mpofu
Born : November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland
Current Age : 31 years 266 days
Playing Role : Bowler
Batting Style : Right-hand bat

Major Teams
Zimbabwe,Mashonaland,Matabeleland,Matabeleland Tuskers,Westerns,Zimbabwe XI

Batting and fielding averages
League 50 100 St Ct 6s 4s SR BF Ave HS Runs No Inns Mat
tests001223958204.1418930.682420
ODIs007939194662.3019823.2310110
T20Is002053136*6.5012108.330130
firstClass10901414310165710.36306033.20230
listA00162854027929*6.2059147.20270
Bowling averages
League 10 5w 4w SR Econ Ave BBM BBI Wkts Runs Balls Inns Mat
tests0121920961221254/925/12348.843.4983.820
ODIs0797837073340876/526/5238.395.4042.621
T20Is02020426616163/163/1638.508.6726.600
firstClass0901455876442427/3731.583.1560.187
listA0162759161852076/86/829.874.8836.673
Christopher Bobby Mpofu's Profile

Among the clutch of players given their chance at international level because of the exodus of the rebels, Christopher Mpofu looks like he may have the abilities to forge a decent career. A tall seam bowler, he hits the pitch hard and can get good away movement - but as with many young quick bowlers consistency is his major problem. Technically, he has a good action but a better brace of his front leg through his delivery stride would allow him to make the most of his height, rather than collapsing as he tends to do at the moment. He made his ODI debut against England in October 2004 and caused the England top-order a few anxious moments. His early Test appearances did not set the world alight, and he lost his place after taking 3 for 343 in four matches - but he has the basics and anyone with a semblance of talent should be encouraged and nurtured. Mpofu has benefited noticeably from Heath Streak's appointment as Zimbabwe's bowling coach as his action has smoothed out, his outswing is becoming more consistent (although he still has a frustrating propensity to go too wide of off stump) and his pace has increased. One definite shortcoming, however, is his crease occupation. Not content with being stumped twice in an afternoon (for a pair) in the first Test against New Zealand in August 2005, he followed up by being run out for 3 in the second match, as he strolled down the pitch to congratulate his team-mate on reaching his half-century. He still tends to blow hot and cold and has few rivals in the race to be considered international cricket's worst batsman, but when Zimbabwe return to Test cricket Mpofu will have an important role to play. Andrew McGlashan