Ian Botham Biography
Aggressive, talented and ferocious, Ian Botham can be unarguably considered as one of the greatest ever all-rounders to have graced world cricket. Botham was instrumental in the rise of English cricket, helping it emerge from the shadows of the great footballers and teams of the 70s and 80s.
It is fair enough to say Botham was born to be a sportsperson. He was in love with sports right from a young age, taking special liking to Cricket and Football, eventually selecting cricket as his career.
He was a ballboy at Lord's for a reasonable period before gradually rising through the ranks to play first-class cricket for Somerset. He impressed with his performances with both bat and ball in 1976-77, eventually compelling the selectors to make note of his talent.
One of the heroic moments worth mentioning is Botham’s spirited batting while playing for Somerset against the mighty West Indies after getting hit by a bouncer from Andy Roberts in 1974.
Botham's international début for England was on 26 August 1976 in a Limited Overs International (LOI) against the West Indies at the North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough, returning with figures of 1 for 26.
Botham’s natural ability to swing the ball prodigiously and bat aggressively lower down the order though helped him to cement his place in the side.
Rise to Glory
Botham Ian made his Test debut against Australia at Trent Bridge in 1977 and he made an immediate impact when he picked up 5/74 to put England on top.
However, 1981 remains the year where Botham made a transition from a talent to a great when he helped England to become the first team in history to win a test match after following on.
He stroked an unbelievable 149 runs against Australia, allowing England to stay in the game. He was rightly named Man of the Series after scoring 399 runs, taking 34 wickets and 12 catches. The Ian Botham Ashes, as the series is still fondly known, is just one of the ways Sir Beefy has been immortalized.
The pedigreed all-rounder, however, didn't have a great time captaining England in Test matches with his team failing to win a single Test in 12 attempts.
Botham’s ardent supporters would surely point towards the majority of these matches being played against mighty Windies, but it is safe to say that captaincy did have an impact on his performances.
Nevertheless, as is more often the case with all-rounders, Botham struggled with his fitness in the late 1980s and his form eluded him as well. In the summer of 1992, he retired from international cricket thereby putting curtains on his illustrious career.
Post his retirement, Ian Botham has been a common face on the television providing his opinions as a cricket expert. He was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. Botham was also knighted in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2007, thus officially becoming “Sir Ian Botham”.