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

Waqar Younis fears ‘death’ of Pakistan cricket 24 Mar 2015

Sydney – Waqar Younis warned on Tuesday that cricket could die out in Pakistan if rival teams continue to boycott the country where international tours have not taken place since 2009. There has been no international cricket in Pakistan ...

World Cup 2015 Quarter Final Preview: Australia vs Pakistan 19 Mar 2015

Pakistan faces an acid test on this Friday at the Adelaide Oval when it meets Australia in the third quarter final of the World Cup 2015. Pakistan has gone from strength to strength after starting the tournament in the worst possible fas...

Misbah eyes Australia victory and world title after Ireland win 16 Mar 2015

Adelaide (Australia) – Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said the emphatic seven-wicket win over Ireland on Sunday had given his team strength and belief that favourites Australia can be beaten in the World Cup quarter-finals. Pakistan are ...

Asia quartet defy convention at Cricket World Cup 16 Mar 2015

Adelaide (Australia) – Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand may be the teams to beat, but the striking feature of this World Cup is Asia’s four Test nations defying conventional wisdom to make the quarter-finals. The belief that Asian cric...

Pakistan crush Ireland to reach World Cup quarter-finals 15 Mar 2015

Adelaide (Australia) – Sarfraz Ahmed scored Pakistan’s first World Cup century since 2007 to lead his team into the quarter-finals with a seven-wicket romp past Ireland at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Full Scorecard: Pakistan vs Ireland ...

World Cup 2015 Match Preview: Pakistan vs Ireland 14 Mar 2015

Live Score: Pakistan vs Ireland Match 42 Pool B – 15th March 2015 Pakistan plays their all-important final league match of the World Cup 2015 against Ireland at the Adelaide Oval on this Sunday, where they started their world cup campaig...

World Cup braced for final countdown 14 Mar 2015

Sydney – The World Cup enters its final weekend of group games with former champions Pakistan and West Indies facing either early flights home or a last-gasp places in the quarter-finals. Six of the eight quarter-finalists are already kn...

Punchbag Misbah rises above Pakistan trouble and strife 10 Mar 2015

Auckland – What’s the toughest job in sport? Managing the Brazil or England football team or coaching England’s cricket squad, for that matter? For Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq, the answer is simple — it’s his position as captain of a team a...

De Villiers wicket pumps up Pakistan’s Sohail 9 Mar 2015

Auckland – Pakistan paceman Sohail Khan said Monday that taking the wicket of South African master blaster AB de Villiers would inspire him to greater heights at the World Cup. Sohail, who turned 31 on Friday, celebrated his birthday in ...

President, PM congratulate national cricket team 7 Mar 2015

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif have congratulated the national cricket team on their win against South Africa in a world cup m...

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