Ian Botham is a former English Test cricketer and test team captain.
He was born 24 November 1955. He was a very fine all-rounder with 383 wickets and 14 centuries in the test cricket. His nickname is “Beefy”. He faces ups and down in his career but still holds the record for the highest number of wickets by an England bowler.
He is regarded as being England’s greatest all-rounder for the test cricket. He is also a celebrity status. He is awarded of a Knighthood was in recognition of the services to charity. Ian Botham is also a footballer, and he made 11 appearances in the Football League. Ian Botham was knighted by Queen Elizabeth 2nd in the 2007 New Years Honours List. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 8 August 2009.
Botham was one of the most entertaining all-rounders of the generation.
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First, he was playing for Somerset with non-first-class matches. His bowling was not good at that time. But the bat well. He scored 91 against Glamorgan Under-25s. He scored 100 against Glamorgan 2nd X1 in the comeback game in 1986.
He scored 19,399 runs in the first-class cricket. He took 1,172 wickets and held 354 catches in the first-class cricket. He played for Worcestershire, Durham, and Somerset.
He was also playing for Queensland Bulls in the Australian League.
Bottam starts his first-class career in 1974 with Somerset. In 1986 he resigned from Somerset due to some problems with Viv Richards and Joel Garner. He joined Worcestershire. In 1992, he joined County Championship Durham. He was retired from first-class cricket in 1993.
Ian Botham made his Test debut for England on 28 July 1977 against Australia. He played 3rd Test match in that series, and he took five wickets for 74 runs in the first innings. He loves to play Test cricket. He was spanning 15 years in the test cricket. He played 102 matches. He scored 5,200 runs and took 383 wickets. He was also made 120 catches. He has also become England caption in 1980 and 1981. He was awarded one of the best England Test players. His captaincy was considered unsuccessful. He was a big-hitter with his classic technique of playing straight. And his fast-medium swing bowling was very effective in the suitable conditions.
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One Day International
The Ian Botham had played 116 matches in 16 years career. He made his debut against the West Indies. He finished with the batting average of 23.21 (nine 50s, no 100s). His bowling average was 28.5 (strike rate 43.24, 145 wickets in total, best figures 4/31).
Botham was very good player in cricket and as well as football too.
Botham had decided for playing his career whether to play cricket or football. One time when he was injured when he joined the Football clubs Scunthorpe United in the effort of getting fit. He played as a center half and made 11 appearances in the Football League at different times. Botham made appearances for Football Association XI and Yeovil Town.
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Botham is very nice and kind personality. Botham works as a fundraiser for charitable causes. In 1985 he was a 900-mile trek from Jhon o’ Groats to Land’s End.
His efforts were inspired after visit the Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital while receiving treatment. He took a wrong turn to the children’s ward there he learned some children have some days to live and why. Since then, he collects £12 million for charity.
• 2003 first ever President of Leukaemia Research, the UK’s leading blood cancer charity.
• 1988 Awarded Pipe Smoker of the year.
• 1978 Elected one of the five cricketers of the year.
• 2007 Queen was appointed as Knight Bachelor.
• 1981 he became the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
• The Lincoln University awarded 2010 Botham an Honorary Doctor of Science.
• 2004 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
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