Ian Botham: Biography, Age, Height, Achievements, Family and Career Statistics

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Ian Botham is one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the game and represented England in both Test and One-Day International cricket. He played most of his first-class cricket for Somerset, at other times fighting for Worcestershire, Durham, and Queensland. However, he was an aggressive right-handed batsman and, as a right-arm fast-medium bowler, was noted for his swing bowling. He generally fielded close to the wicket, predominantly in the slips.

In Test cricket, Botham scored 14 centuries with the highest score of 208, and from 1986 to 1988 held the world record for the most Test wickets until overtaken by fellow all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee. He took five wickets in an innings 27 times, and 10 wickets in a match four times.

In 1980, he became the second player in Test history to complete the “match double” of scoring 100 runs and taking 10 wickets in the same match. On the occasion of England’s 1000th Test in August 2018, he was named in the country’s greatest Test XI by the ECB.

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Ian Botham’s Biography:

  • Real Name: Ian Terence Botham
  • Other/Nickname: Beefy, Both, Guy
  • Profession: English cricket commentator, member of the House of Lords, a former cricketer
  • Famous for: He was rightly named Man of the Series after scoring 399 runs, taking 34 wickets and 12 catches.
  • Best Performance until now: He stroked an unbelievable 149 runs against Australia, allowing England to stay in the game
  • Batting: Right-handed
  • Bowling: Right-arm fast-medium

Physical Status:

  • Height: 6 ft 0 in
  • Weight: 85kg
  • Eye Colour: Brown
  • Hair Colour: Gray

Personal Life:

  • Date of Birth: 24 November 1955
  • Age: 66
  • Nationality: British
  • Birthplace: Heswall, Cheshire, England
  • Hometown: Heswall, Cheshire, England
  • College: Bucklers Mead Academy

Debut:

  • National side- England (1976–1992)
  • Test debut (cap 474)- 28 July 1977 v Australia
  • ODI debut (cap 33)- 26 August 1976 v West Indies

Achievements:

In Test cricket, Botham scored 14 centuries with the highest score of 208, and from 1986 to 1988 held the world record for the most Test wickets until overtaken by fellow all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee. He took five wickets in an innings 27 times, and 10 wickets in a match four times.

Family Details:

  • Marital Status: Married
  • Spouse Name: Kathryn Waller
  • Number of Kids: One son: Liam and Two daughters: Sarah and Becky
  • Parents’ Names: Herbert Leslie Botham and Violet Marie Collett
  • Siblings: None
  • Religion: Christian
  • Other Hobbies: Angling, golf, and game shooting

Lesser-Known Facts about Ian Botham:

  • He played for 3 English counties – Durham, Worchestershire, and Somerset.
  • 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.
  • He does 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 a few kids who were playing a board game. On asking, he was told that all of them were suffering from leukaemia and a few of them were in the last stage. He was then told there was a lack of funds for the annual party that for some was their last.
  • Botham organized and participated in long-distance walks to raise money for his organization’s leukaemia research.
  • Though he performed many times for England, but 1981 Ashes was something special. He helped his team to register a 3-1 victory over rivals Australia. He was awarded man of the series for his brilliantly rounded performance (399 runs and 34 wickets). His dominance in the series was such that the series is still remembered as Botham’s Ashes.
  • On 5 occasions, ​he scored a century and took 5 wickets in an innings in the same Test match.
  • ​He was also a very good footballer. He even played for Scunthorpe as a centre-forward. He also played for Yeovil Town. He made 11 appearances in The Football League.
  • Summing up, Botham has also been involved in controversies, including a highly publicized court case involving rival all-rounder Imran Khan and an ongoing dispute with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). These incidents, allied to his on-field success, have attracted media attention, especially from the tabloid press.

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