misbah-ul-haq

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 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

Spotlight on Ajmal as Pakistan face Bangladesh 16 Apr 2015

Dhaka – Saeed Ajmal returns to centre stage after almost eight months hoping to strike early form with a remodelled bowling action when Pakistan open their tour of Bangladesh on Friday. The prolific off-spinner became the most high-profi...

Azhar promises tough fight in Bangladesh ODI series 12 Apr 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Newly appointed Pakistan one-day captain Azhar Ali Saturday said his team will not take Bangladesh lightly after their strong World Cup performance, promising a tough fight from his young players next week. Ali will l...

Pakistan cricket coach Waqar wants right attitude in ‘new era’ 12 Apr 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis Friday warned only players with the right attitude will represent the national team as it embarks on a “new era” with their Bangladesh tour next week. Pakistan lost in the quarter-fina...

Promoted Sarfraz Ahmed vows new start for Pakistan 10 Apr 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s fast-rising wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed vowed to take the new-look side to the next level after his elevation to the one-day and Twenty20 vice-captaincy. Under new one-day captain Azhar Ali, Pakistan are hop...

Pakistan’s Hafeez confident of clearing action 8 Apr 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez says he is confident of resurrecting his career with a remodelled bowling action five months after it was declared illegal. Spinner Hafeez’s action was reported as suspec...

Pakistan spinner Ajmal happy his eight-month ‘torture’ is over 3 Apr 2015

Karachi – Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal on Saturday said he was delighted his eight-month “torture” which saw him suspended for an illegal bowling action was finally over after being recalled to the national side. The 37-year-old was...

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal back for Bangladesh tour 3 Apr 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan recalled star spinner Saeed Ajmal in all three formats as selectors announced the squads for the national side’s Bangladesh tour Friday, but there was no place on the plane for under-performing batsman Umar A...

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi signs off his ODI career with No.6 ranked all-rounder 1 Apr 2015

Australia’s Mitchell Starc has surged to the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers for the first time in his career following stellar performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that also fetched him the player of the...

Expectations high from new comers: Sallu 30 Mar 2015

Former Pakistan chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu Monday said expectations were high from the new selection committee and the newly appointed ODI captain. “Expectations are high from the new selection committee members that they pick...

Hafeez must be made captain: Sarfraz 29 Mar 2015

Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz on Sunday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make Muhammad Hafeez the captain of the One Day side saying currently the all-rounder suits best to lead the team. Former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq had a...

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