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

Malik, Azhar and Tanvir on standby for World Cup 28 Jan 2015
All-rounder Shoaib Malik along with top-order batsman Azhar Ali and pace bowler Sohail Tanvir who were earlier ignored for the 15-member world cup squad have been chosen as reserves due to current team’s fitness issues. PCB official has ...
Conflict between PCB and Players arise due to central contracts 26 Jan 2015
PCB is facing some real issues and is in the news for all the wrong reasons. A serious conflict has arisen between the board and its players just ahead of the World Cup starting next month when the 3-month contract offered by PCB was rej...
Pakistan should focus on winning World Cup, not only India match: Mohsin Khan 25 Jan 2015
Pakistan former cricketer and chief selector Mohsin Khan believes that beating India would help Pakistan start World Cup campaign on winning note but winning the World Cup 2015 title will be the ultimate feat for the team and for the nat...
New Zealand President XI beat Pakistan in warm-up match 25 Jan 2015
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq century went in vain even after Pakistan’s full-fledged national team scored formidable 313 runs as second string New Zealand Board’s President XI thrashed Pakistan‘s bowlers and achieved the target with six wickets...
Razzaq lashes out at Waqar for his exclusion from World Cup squad 22 Jan 2015
LAHORE: Pakistan out of favour all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has lashed out at the national team’s head coach Waqar Younis for launching a campaign against established senior players. “Till Waqar is the coach I will never be considered for a ...
Misbah unlikely to play in World Cup 2015 21 Jan 2015
ISLAMABAD: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq‘s presence in the ODI’s against New Zealand and in the 2015 World Cup is doubtful due to the hamstring injury he had suffered in a match against the Kiwis last month. Talking to APP (news agency), a PCB o...
Pakistan cricketers embark on World Cup mission 21 Jan 2015
Lahore (Pakistan) – The Pakistan cricket team left on a World Cup mission Tuesday with their first destination New Zealand where they play two one-day internationals before taking part in the mega event. Paceman Junaid Khan had to pull o...
Bilawal Bhatti in as Junaid Khan ruled out of the New Zealand Tour 20 Jan 2015
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar M. Khan has on the recommendation of chief selector Moin Khan approved replacing injured Junaid Khan with Bilawal Bhatti for the New Zealand tour. The inclusion of Bilawal Bhatti for the ICC Wor...
Will play cricket till I am fit and in-form: Younis 15 Jan 2015
Pakistani cricketer Younis Khan dismissed speculations that he would follow Shahid Afridi and captain Misbah-ul-Haq and would also announce retirement after World Cup, but the player said he will continue to play as long as he is fit and...
Pakistan adds Sohail and Yasir, retains suspended Ajmal in central contracts 14 Jan 2015
Karachi – Pakistan cricket authorities on Wednesday retained the suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal while also adding the newcomers fast bowler Sohail Khan and the leggie Yasir Shah in their list of central contracts. The 37-year-old Ajmal is...

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