Sir Ian Botham (England Cricket Legend)

Sir Ian Botham (England Cricket Legend)

Sir Ian Terence Botham was born in November 1955. He was the captain of England test team and a current commentator for BBC. He was a legendary all rounder with 14 centuries and 383 test wickets. He was very well known by his nick name Beefy in the England. His record for most wickets was broken by James Anderson in 2015. He was 6 fee 2 inches tall. He was right arm fast medium. He made his test debut in 1977 and ODI debut in 1976. He was included in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Early Life

Botham was born in Heswall. His mother and father also played cricket. He played club cricket at 15 started his domestic career with sizeable scores in 1974. His test debut was against Australia in 1977. He was the most successful test cricketer of all time. He scored 5200 runs and took 383 wickets.

Records and Career

Heplayed 116 games from 1976 to 2002. In the Ashes tour of Australia in 1981, he played as the captain in the England team. He resigned from the captaincy after losing the series . He supported England legends like David Gower and Mike Gatting. Old Trafford was his favorite ground where he became the hero for England in the test cricket and hit a century to Dennis Lilly who feared him at that time. He was also a great batsman according to Imran Khan of Pakistan.

Botham was awarded the Doctor of Science Award in the University of Lincoln.He was also awarded in the Leeds University as the honorary award winner for sports. He was the 2004 BBC sports personality of the year. He was the first ever president of Cancer Research and was a leading charity in UK’s blood cancer elimination. He was awarded as the pipe smoker of the year in 1988. In 1981 he was the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Controversies

He had a lot of controversies in his career. He was suspended from the team for 2 months in 1986 for smoking cannabis. Imran Khan also critisized him and Allan Lamb for bringing the game into disrepute. He accused him of “ball tempering” and he had to face the lawsuit.He also had to face the panelty when he misbehaved with an air passenger. He had to offer an apology to his wife afterwards. His twitter account also revealed some explicit information which he denied.

Marriage

Botham married Cathlyn in 1976. She is known as Lady Botham. They had benn in a relationship since 1974.They have a son Liam born in 1977. They also have 2 daughters Sarah and Becky.Sarah works for Sky Network as production assistant. Botham has a tatoo at his right shoulder which was made in the love of his wife.

 



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