6’2” tall all-rounder for England Sir Ian Terence Botham made his debut for Test cricket in 1977 and followed up with his ODI debut the next year. Foundly known as “Beefy”, Botham is one of the most successful players for England. The influence with the game started early in his life as both his parents played cricket.
Botham started his career with first-class cricket, playing for Worchestershire, Durham and Somerset clubs. In July 1977, Botham was inducted in the England cricket team for the third test against Australia. Botham scored a total of 5200 runs at an average of 33.54 in his 15 years of test cricket career. Along with that, taking 383 wickets at an average of 28.40 speaks lengths about his bowling capabilities. Botham was declared as the captain for the England team for 2 years, 1980 and 1981. But he was unable to perform well as a team leader.
Starting from 1976, Botham played 116 ODI international games. He started the Ashes series under his captaincy in 1981, but his resignation as the captain before the third test match drew some debate. Later on, England went on to win the series with 3-1.
Besides being an all-rounder on the cricket field, Botham was also a talented football player. At the start of his cricket career, in 1980, he had played for the Scunthorpe United as well as had a brief stint with Yeovil Town.
Scoring a century and also taking 5 wickets in an innings, both in the same test match is a rare feat. Only four players in the world have been able to do it, and Botham tops the rest by a fair margin. Mushtaq Mohammad, Gary Sobers and Jacques Kallis> have earned this deed twice while Botham has performed this marvelous act five times during his entire career.
In 1978, in a match against Pakistan, Botham scored 108 runs and also took 8 wickets for 34 runs. This is a record for any cricketer in the world. Botham took 10 wickets in a match against India in Centenary Test of 1979-80.
Botham turned to Cricket commentary after his retirement. Botham picked up his second career like he was born into it. He has been famous with the fans of the game and is also known as a good reviewer.
In 1992, appointed as the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
In 2007, the Queen herself knighted Botham to Sir Ian Botham.
In 2004, named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Award winner.
He was the pioneer in making 5,000 runs and taking 300 test wickets.