A Brief Biography of Moises Henriques
Moisés Constantino Henriques, a professional Portuguese-born Australian cricketer was born on 1st February 1987 in Funchal, Portugal. Nicknamed ‘MOEY’, he stands 6 ft 2 in tall.
A genuine all-rounder who bats right handed and bowls a right arm fast-medium is widely considered to be one of the best young talents in Australian Cricket. Moises Henriques, son of former Portuguese professional footballer, Álvaro, Henriques was born in Funchal, Portugal before moving to Australia with his family at the age of one.
Moises Henriques was so young when he first came into the New South Wales squad that he could train only in school holidays and often had to catch a taxi to practice. He graduated from Endeavour Sports High in 2004. At just 16 years of age, Henriques was selected for the Australian U-19 cricket team’s squad for the 2004 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh. Considering his age at the time, Henriques performed admirably, taking 11 wickets at 19.27 and scoring 95 runs at 19.00.
In 2004 he was the recipient of the first Rexona Australian Youth Cricket Scholarship, an initiative backed by Ricky Ponting.
By the age of 18 he had already won praise from Trevor Hohns, the former national chairman of selectors, and a rookie contract with the Blues.
Henriques was named captain of the Australian U-19 team for the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka, and performed to great acclaim as he led the Australians to a semi-final berth. He was a stand out player of the tournament, scoring 150 runs at 37.50 and finished as the World Cup’s leading wicket-taker, claiming 16 wickets at 10.52 in 5 matches.
He made his first-class debut against South Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 17 October 2006. Only a week after this match, Henriques took 5/17 against Queensland in a very impressive display of fast bowling.
He was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise for $300,000 to play in the Indian Premier League during for the 2009 season. In 2010, he was traded to the Delhi Daredevils in exchange for Manoj Tiwary. He then went to Mumbai Indians for the 4th season and now he is part of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the sixth season of Indian Premier League.
In 2012 he played part of the English season for Glamorgan.
In September 2012, he scored his first first-class century, 161 not out off 229 balls against Tasmania at Bankstown.
Henriques made his ODI debut (cap 179) against India at Delhi on Oct 31st 2009 and his T20 debut (cap 34) against New Zealand at Sydney on Feb 15th 2009.
Also, he recently made his test debut (cap 432) against India on Feb 22nd 2013 and scored a decent 68 to keep Australia at bay.