Sir Ian Terence Botham OBE is regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket. Nowadays, this former English cricketer can be easily noticed in the commentary box.
One of the greatest all-rounders, Sir Ian Terence Botham OBE was born in Heswali, Chesire, England on 24 November 1955. Highly regarded for his swing bowling abilities, botham was an aggressive right handed batsman and right arm medium pacer.
Botham is the second player to complete “match double” in test cricket. 27 times in a match, Botham has took 5 wickets while 4 times he has taken 10 wickets. In 2007, Botham was awarded a knighthood in the New Years Honours List and in 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Apart from cricket, Botham was also a professional football player and made appearances in a few season for the Football League for Scunthorpe United.
Sir Ian Botham
Beefy, Both, Guy
Former cricketer, currently a commentator
Head On: Ian Botham
Date of Birth:
22 November 1955
Age (as on 2018):
Heswall, Chesire, England
Zodiac sign/Sun sign:
Milford Junior School & Bucklers Mead Comprehensive School
Herbert Leslie Botham
Parents (both were cricketers)
vs Australia on 28 July 1977
vs West Indies on 26 August 1976
Somerset, Queensland, Worcestershire, and Durham
Nature on the field:
Likes to play against:
Career Turning Point
1976 was a career turning point for Botham. He scored his first century and also collected over 1,000 runs for the first time. This earned him the international selection by England in two Limited-Overs Internationals.
Golf, angling, and shooting
Andy Roberts and Dennis Lilee
Favourite Football Team:
Favourite sports personalities:
Classic liver-and-bacon dish with cauliflower cheese
Favourite Place on earth:
Leopard Hills game reserve in South Africa
Favourite TV Shows:
In International cricket:
Botham played 102 test matches in his span scoring 5200 runs at an average of 33.54 and took 383 wickets at an average of 28.40.
He scored 14 centuries with the highest score of 208 in tests
In test cricket bowling, his best figure was 8-34
For 4 times, he has taken 10 wickets in a match in a test match
Botham played 116 LOIs and scored 2113 runs and took 145 wickets.
Botham has three world cup appearances (1979, 83 and 92)
Botham is the 21st player to achieve the “double” of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket
From 21 August 1986 to 12 November 1988, Botham held the world record for the greatest number of Test wickets.
Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
3 (Liam Botham- Son and 2 daughters- Becky and Sarah)
Awards and Recognitions
Botham was awarded a knighthood for his services to charity in the 2007 New Years Honours List.
On 8 August 2009, Botham was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Lesser Known Facts
With Bob Willis, an ex-cricketer, and winemaker Geoff Merrill, Botham produces his own wine under the label of Botham Merill Willis.
Botham lives in a beautiful house in North Yorkshire and moved into it around 30 years ago. Originally, it used to be a farmhouse.
Botham has a lot of pets including three Jack Russells.
He grows all his vegetables in a garden which is taken care of by his wife Kath
Botham’s earliest memory is of playing golf with father at the age of three
Botham faced a suspension for smoking cannabis in 1986. At first, he denied the charges but later admitted to the same in an interview and hence faced a 63-day ban.
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