Chris Mpofu is a Zimbabwean seam bowler who has served the national team in all three formats, though he did not demonstrate in full his all-round potential. He continues to be considered for white-ball matches and could still prove his worth.
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He took 5/156 in his first Test match against Bangladesh at Chattogram in January 2005. In the first innings, he took 4/109, including the wicket of Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar, though Zimbabwe lost. In August 2011, playing against Bangladesh at Harare, he produced match-winning performances of 2/72 and 3/ 51, including the scalps of Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim. He was no mean bat. Batting at number 11 at Bulawayo in October 2017, he engaged in a last-wicket stand of 52 with Jarvis against the West Indies. Chasing 434 to win, Zimbabwe put up a fight and reached 316 thanks to Mpofu. He played his last Test match against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in December 2017. In 15 Test matches, Mpofu has made 105 runs at an average of 5.83, including his top score of 33. He has also taken 29 wickets at 48.00, with the best bowling figures of 4/92.
He took 0/32 in his first ODI played against England at Harare in November 2004. In January 2005, against Bangladesh at Chattogram, Mpofu took 2/19, including the scalp of opener Saleh. In the same series, he had another good bowling performance (2/39) with the wickets of Saleh and Ashraful. Mpofu took 3/ 59 in February 2005 against South Africa at Durban, dismissing top-order batsmen Bacher and Morkel. In December 2006, playing against Bangladesh at Bogra, he took 4/42 to help dismiss the hosts for 220. His best performance of 6/52 came against Kenya in a tri-series at Nairobi in October 2008. He played his last match against Bangladesh at Sylhet in March 2020. In 84 ODIs, Mpofu has made 579 runs at an average of 2.85, including his top score of 57. He has also taken 93 wickets at 38.50, with the best bowling figures of 6/52.
He played his first T20I against Pakistan at King City, Canada, in October 2008 when he took 3/16. In September 2019, Mpofu achieved his best bowling figures of 4/30 against Afghanistan at Chattogram. He also had 3/33 against India at Harare in July 2015. He played his last T20I match in March 2020 against Bangladesh at Dhaka. In 32 T20Is, Mpofu has made 35 runs at an average of 8.75, including the top score of 17 not out. He has also taken 33 wickets at 31.36, with his best bowling figures of 4/30.