Johan Botha

Country: South Africa
Born: May 02, 1982, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder

Johan Botha Bio

Johan Botha is a South African cricket player known for his versatility and talent in the limited-overs format. He has excelled as an offspinner, a lower-order batsman, and a fielder, making him an invaluable asset to the teams he represents. While he has not had as much success in the longer format, Botha has made a name for himself with his economical offspin bowling and his ability to contribute at any stage of an innings.

Botha’s offspin bowling has earned him recognition for his accuracy, intelligent variation of pace and length, and fearlessness in any situation. These qualities have made him a favorite in limited-overs cricket, particularly between 2007 and 2011 when he played 66 ODIs and took 64 wickets with an impressive economy rate of 4.53. His exceptional performance in the 2011 World Cup, where he maintained an economy rate of 4.07 in the five matches he played, further solidified his reputation as a skillful bowler. One of his notable achievements includes leading South Africa to an ODI series win against Australia in Australia in 2009.

However, Botha’s career has not been without controversy. He has faced scrutiny regarding his bowling action, which has led to questions and bans by the International Cricket Council (ICC). On his Test debut in January 2006, Botha’s action was cited, and after testing at the University of Western Australia, he was temporarily banned by the ICC. Although he made adjustments to his action, concerns regarding exceeding the permissible elbow flexion of 15 degrees arose again in September. However, following another review in November, Botha was ultimately cleared by the ICC. In 2013, he underwent biomechanical analysis and was also cleared by Cricket Australia after being reported by umpires during a domestic one-day match.

Before establishing himself as a spinner, Botha initially pursued a career as a medium pacer for the Eastern Cape Warriors. However, it was his encounter with former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur that changed the trajectory of his career. Arthur observed the natural talent in Botha’s offspin bowling during a net session and advised him to focus on spin rather than speed. Botha took this advice to heart, and it proved to be a wise decision as he has enjoyed a successful career spanning over a decade.

Johan Botha’s contributions to South African cricket, particularly in the limited-overs format, have been noteworthy. His skills as an offspinner, combined with his all-round abilities as a batsman and fielder, have made him a valuable asset to his teams. Despite the challenges he has faced regarding his bowling action, Botha remains a respected and talented cricketer with a remarkable career.

Johan Botha Career Stats

Johan Botha Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 6 2 83 25 20.75 238 34.87 0 0 9 0 3 0
T20Is 40 20 9 201 34 18.27 165 121.81 0 0 15 9 17 0
ODIs 78 50 18 609 46 19.03 710 85.77 0 0 56 3 36 0
FC 90 149 22 4015 109 31.61 - - 1 27 - - 63 0
List A 184 136 39 2333 61 24.05 2820 82.73 0 9 - - 70 0
T20s 222 153 51 1991 67* 19.51 1761 113.06 0 2 151 41 94 0

Johan Botha Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 5 10 1017 573 17 4/56 7/102 33.7 3.38 59.8 1 0 0
T20Is 40 39 774 823 37 3/16 3/16 22.24 6.37 20.9 0 0 0
ODIs 78 75 3823 2916 72 4/19 4/19 40.5 4.57 53 1 0 0
FC 90 - 14656 7103 220 6/34 - 32.28 2.9 66.6 - 7 1
List A 184 - 8782 6455 171 4/19 4/19 37.74 4.41 51.3 3 0 0
T20s 222 213 4331 4718 166 4/16 4/16 28.42 6.53 26 2 0 0

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