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.

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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 58 100 17 4000 161* 48.19 9138 43.77 8 29 407 55 43 0
ODIs 162 149 31 5122 96* 43.40 6945 73.75 0 42 342 83 66 0
T20Is 39 34 13 788 87* 37.52 715 110.20 0 3 45 26 14 0
First-class 205 336 41 14940 284 50.64 41 81 187 0
List A 279 256 53 9646 129* 47.51 11 68 121 0
Twenty20 116 103 30 2635 107* 36.09 2211 119.17 1 10 166 107 46 0

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 58
ODIs 162 1 24 30 0 7.50 0 0 0
T20Is 39
First-class 205 318 242 3 1/2 80.66 4.56 106.0 0 0
List A 279 144 179 1 1/10 1/10 179.00 7.45 144.0 0 0 0
Twenty20 116

Misbah ul-Haq News

Shehzad leads Pakistan to series win over Sri Lanka 22 Jul 2015

Colombo – Ahmed Shehzad smashed 95 off 90 balls as Pakistan thrashed below-par Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the fourth one-day match in Colombo on Wednesday to clinch the five-match series. Full Scorecard: 4th ODI Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ...

Sri Lanka victory romp levels Pakistan series 29 Jun 2015

Colombo – Dimuth Karunaratne hit 50 off 56 balls as Sri Lanka trounced Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Test in Colombo on Monday to square the three-match series. Chasing 153 to win, the hosts made light of a delayed start of 30 ...

Prasad gives Sri Lanka 153-run target to level series 28 Jun 2015

Colombo – Seamer Dhammika Prasad skittled Pakistan with a four-wicket haul to put Sri Lanka on top in the second Test in Colombo on Sunday despite a defiant century from Azhar Ali. Pakistan, who trailed by 177 runs in the first innings, ...

Pakistan eager to mark Khan’s 100th Test with victory 24 Jun 2015

Colombo – Pakistan are eager to celebrate senior batsman Younis Khan’s 100th Test appearance with a series-clinching victory against Sri Lanka in the match starting Thursday in Colombo. Misbah-ul Haq’s tourists are riding high after a 10...

Pakistan celebrate return of international cricket 22 May 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – From Pakistan’s most popular fan Chacha Cricket (Uncle Cricket) to the head of State, a nation of 200 million celebrated the return of international cricket in Pakistan for six years on Friday. Hundreds of fans battle...

Pakistan blame game in full flow after Bangladesh debacle 13 May 2015

Karachi – Pakistan’s cricket chiefs face a battle to address the reasons behind their disastrous tour to Bangladesh as they gear up for their first home series against Test opposition in six years. Pakistan slumped to ninth in the ICC on...

Yasir leads Pakistan to Bangladesh series win 9 May 2015

Dhaka – Leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed a match-haul of seven wickets as dominant Pakistan crushed Bangladesh by 328 runs in the second and final Test in Dhaka on Saturday to clinch the series 1-0. Full Scorecard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2...

Pakistan tighten grip on decisive Bangladesh Test 9 May 2015

Dhaka – Bangladesh faced a long haul to save the second and final Test against Pakistan in Dhaka after they were set an improbable victory target of 550 on the third day on Friday. Scorecard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2nd Test at Khulna – 8...

Pakistan opts not to enforce follow-on after massive lead against Bangladesh 8 May 2015

Pakistan bowled out Bangladesh for 203 in their first innings before lunch on the third day of the second and final Test in Dhaka on Friday. Scorecard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2nd Test at Khulna – 8th May 2015 Pakistan captain Misbah-ul H...

Dominant Pakistan take charge of Bangladesh Test 7 May 2015

Dhaka – Azhar Ali smashed a career-best 226 and Asad Shafiq made 107 before the bowlers rattled Bangladesh’s top order to leave Pakistan on top in the second and final Test in Dhaka on Thursday. Scorecard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2nd Test...

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