Ian Botham

Country: England
Born: November 24, 1955, Oldfield, Heswall, Cheshire
Height: 6ft 2in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Ian Botham Bio

Ian Terence Botham, born on November 24, 1955, in Heslington, Yorkshire, England, is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-round cricketers to have graced the sport. His dominance on the cricket field and his larger-than-life personality made him not only the top English cricketer of the 1980s but also the leading sports personality of his time.

Botham’s meteoric rise in cricket began when he made his England debut in 1977, shortly after being promoted from Somerset, his county team. Within a year, he established himself as the country’s premier all-rounder, excelling with both bat and ball. This extraordinary talent led him to become the England captain within three years. However, his captaincy tenure was short-lived, as he resigned just before being sacked due to a dip in form.

Despite the ups and downs in his career, Botham’s most memorable period came during the famous Ashes series in 1981. Under the captaincy of Mike Brearley, Botham played a pivotal role in leading England to a miraculous victory. His three outstanding performances, involving two remarkable innings with the bat and one exceptional bowling spell, became the stuff of legends. These performances not only secured victories for England but also sparked a newfound enthusiasm and support for cricket throughout the nation.

Some critics argued that Botham’s approach to the game, relying on inspiration rather than preparation, may have done more harm than good in the long run. Nevertheless, his impact on English cricket during the 1980s cannot be denied.

As time went on, Botham’s career began to decline. His weight gain impacted his effectiveness as a swing bowler, and he struggled to make an impact against formidable opponents like the West Indies. However, his batting prowess remained intact, as he exhibited immense power at the crease.

Off the field, Botham was no stranger to controversy. In 1986, he was banned after testing positive for cannabis, a scandal that led to his recall for the final Test against New Zealand at The Oval. In a dramatic fashion, Botham took the two wickets he needed to surpass Dennis Lillee’s then-world record of 355 Test wickets.

Despite his turbulent personal life and scandalous exploits, Botham’s marriage to Kath has defied the odds, enduring for over 25 years. In his retirement from professional cricket, he has found success as a television commentator, showcasing his wit and sagacity to captivated audiences.

Botham’s legacy in English cricket is undeniable. In addition to his remarkable performances on the field, he inspired a generation of cricketers and instilled a renewed passion for the sport among fans. He remains an iconic figure in the history of cricket, and his name will forever be associated with passion, dominance, and an unwavering spirit for the game.

Ian Botham Career Stats

Ian Botham Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 102 161 6 5200 208 33.54 8565 60.71 14 22 621 67 120 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 116 106 15 2113 79 23.21 2671 79.1 0 9 197 44 36 0
FC 402 617 46 19399 228 33.97 - - 38 97 - - 354 0
List A 470 419 64 10474 175* 29.5 - - 7 46 - - 196 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Ian Botham Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 102 168 21815 10878 383 8/34 13/106 28.4 2.99 56.9 17 27 4
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 116 115 6271 4139 145 4/31 4/31 28.54 3.96 43.2 3 0 0
FC 402 - 63547 31902 1172 8/34 - 27.22 3.01 54.2 - 59 8
List A 470 - 22899 15264 612 5/27 5/27 24.94 3.99 37.4 15 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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