Among all the current cricketers of the new generation, there was a legendary cricketer named Ian Botham. He was regarded by many as one of the best cricketers of all time in England. He is now a cricket commentator and was appointed as the chairman of Durham County Cricket Club in 2017.
Botham played for the England national cricket team from 1977 until his retirement in 1992. He was an all-rounder with a right-handed batting and right-arm fast-medium bowling style.
He also played for domestic cricket teams including:
- Somerset County Cricket Club from 1974 until 1986
- Queensland cricket team from 1987 to 1988
- Worcestershire County Cricket Club in 1987 until 1991
- Durham County Cricket Club from 1992 to 1993.
During a Test cricket match, Ian turned the live cricket odds into his team’s favour and scored 14 centuries. The great cricketer was able to attain the title of being the highest scorer with 208 runs. He also held the record from 1986 until 1988 when he acquired the most Test wickets in a match.
Meanwhile, in 1980, he was recognized as the second player to achieve a match double title in Test cricket history when he took 10 wickets and scored 100 runs.
Botham made his international ODI debut in August 1976 at an early age of 21 and his Test debut in July 1977.
Aside from cricket, Ian also knows how to play football. He even played for Scunthorpe United Football Club during the Football League. This great cricketer also has a talent for golf, shooting and angling.
Back in the early days, both his parents were cricketers, in which his father played for Westland Helicopters and his mother led the nursing services team in Sherborne.
He found his passion for cricket and football when he started school in Milford Junior School. He participated in different clubs which enhanced his capabilities in both sports. In hopes to land more opportunities in cricket, he joined the Boys’ Brigade.
Due to his passion for the sport, at an early age of 12, he was already able to play for Yeovil Cricket Club.
His determination and perseverance led him to a fruitful future. Ian Botham’s journey is truly an inspirational one for others, especially those who have already found their passion in life at such a young age.
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