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Ian Botham

by Saurabh Sharma Jun 10, 2016 • 15:14 PM
Sir Ian Botham Biography

Ian Botham is a former England crickter and one of the finest allrounders of all time. Born on 24th November 1955 in Oldfield, England, Botham emerged as the top cricketer of the 1980s.

# Nick Names - Beefy, Guy the Gorilla

# Test Debut - 28 July 1977 v Australia 

# Last Test - 18 June 1992 v Pakistan

# ODI Debut - 26 August 1976 v West Indies

# Last ODI - 24 August 1992 v Pakistan

# Counties - Durham, Worchestershire, Somerset, Queensland

As a Player

# He was the first player to score a century (114) and took 10 wickets (6/58 & 7/48) in a test match. He did this in a Golden Jubilee Test against India in 1980.

# 1981 Ashes which england won by 3-1 is still remembered as "Botham's Ashes" due to some extra-ordinary performance by him. He was awarded man of the series for his brilliant allround performance (399 runs and 34 wickets). 

# On 5 occasions, â€‹he scored a century and took 5 wickets in an innings in the same Test match.

# He was also England's captain for 12 Tests between 1980-81. Under his captaincy, team lost 4 matches while 8 ended in draw.

Charity

He do a lot of charity walks. During an injury, he was hospitalized. While in the hospital, he once went through the children's ward and found few kids who were playing a board game. On asking, he was told that all of them were suffering from leukaemia and few of them were in last stage. He was then told there was lack of funds for the annual party that for some was their last. Since then, â€‹Botham organised and participated in long distance walks to raise money for his organisation leukemia research.

​Awards

​1978 - ​Wisden cricketer of the year  ​1981 - ​BBC Sports Personality of the Year  ​1988 - Awarded Pipe Smoker of the Year  ​1992 - Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for cricket and charity work 2004 - ​BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award 

# ​In 102 Test Matches for England he scored 5200 runs, including 14 centuries, and took 383 wickets. In 116 One-Day Internationals, he scored 2113 runs took 145 wickets.

Outside Cricket

# He is a close friend of Sir Viv Richards since his early days. The two bond very well. In 1986, he even resigned from Somerset, in protest against the sacking of Vivian Richards from the team.

# In 1996, he co-authored a fictional novel about a maverick England player called Kevin "Butty" Sowerbutts.

# A talented footballer, Botham made 11 appearances as a non-contract player for Scunthorpe United between 1979 and 1984 - during the peak years of his England cricket career. 

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