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Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham

Age 68EnglandENGLAND
Right Handed All Rounder

Ian Botham, along with Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan was known as one of the best all rounders of his era. The numbers may not exactly put him in the same bracket as Sir Garfield Sobers, but, his 5200 runs and 380 odd wickets in Tests provide enough evidence of Botham’s greatness as a cricketer.

Apart from his Test record, he also had an uncanny knack of turning matches on its head, as is borne by the 1981 Ashes, which was termed as ‘Botham’s Ashes’ for his scintillating display of batting and bowling that inspired England to a 3-1 win. However, a combination of back problems and suspensions due to conduct breaches meant that Botham remained away from the game for intermittent periods. Botham’s last hurrah in international cricket was in the 1992 World Cup, where his accurate seam up bowling – and the celebrations on picking up a wicket – was there for everyone to see and applaud.

Off the field, Botham has been both controversial and inspiring. He has had run ins with the English Cricket Board, and also with former cricketers like Boycott, Ian Chappell and ex coach Duncan Fletcher. However, his charity walks have been very famous and have helped raise millions of pounds for Leukemia patients. Botham was also knighted by the Queen in 2007 for his efforts on the cricket field and off it. He was elected a Wisden cricketer of the year 1978.

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Sir Ian Botham Statistics

Debut
England vs West Indies on Aug 26, 1976
Last
England vs Pakistan on Aug 24, 1992
Debut
England vs Australia on Jul 28, 1977
Last
England vs Pakistan on Jun 18, 1992

Sir Ian Botham Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
11621139023.2179.10
Highest Runs79
Balls Faced73
On DateFeb 15, 92
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Sir Ian Botham Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
116783.714528.5443.243.96
Wickets Taken4
Runs31
On DateMar 05, 92
AgainstAustraliaAUS

Sir Ian Botham Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
3600
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Sir Ian Botham Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
1025200221433.5460.71
Highest Runs208
Balls Faced226
On DateJul 08, 82
AgainstIndiaIND

Sir Ian Botham Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
1022726.738328.4056.952.99
Wickets Taken8
Runs34
On DateJun 15, 78
AgainstPakistanPAK

Sir Ian Botham Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
12000
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average
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