Picture of Ian Botham

Ian Botham

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | AllRounder
Home country:
November 24, 1955, Heswall


Ian Botham, along with Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan was known as one of the best all rounders of his era. The numbers may not exactly put him in the same bracket as Sir Garfield Sobers, but, his 5200 runs and 380 odd wickets in Tests provide enough evidence of Botham’s greatness as a cricketer.

Apart from his Test record, he also had an uncanny knack of turning matches on its head, as is borne by the 1981 Ashes, which was termed as ‘Botham’s Ashes’ for his scintillating display of batting and bowling that inspired England to a 3-1 win. However, a combination of back problems and suspensions due to conduct breaches meant that Botham remained away from the game for intermittent periods. Botham’s last hurrah in international cricket was in the 1992 World Cup, where his accurate seam up bowling – and the celebrations on picking up a wicket – was there for everyone to see and applaud.

Off the field, Botham has been both controversial and inspiring. He has had run ins with the English Cricket Board, and also with former cricketers like Boycott, Ian Chappell and ex coach Duncan Fletcher. However, his charity walks have been very famous and have helped raise millions of pounds for Leukemia patients. Botham was also knighted by the Queen in 2007 for his efforts on the cricket field and off it. He was elected a Wisden cricketer of the year 1978.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 102 161 5200 6 33.54 60.71 14 22 208
ODI 116 106 2113 15 23.21 79.10 0 9 79
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 102 168 21815 10878 383 8/34 / 28.40 2.99 17 27 4 0
ODI 116 115 6271 4139 145 4/31 / 28.54 3.96 3 0 0 6
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 120 0 0
ODI 36 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 12 0 4 0 8 0
ODI 9 4 5 0 0 44.44


England Vs Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham - Jul 28, 1977
Last played:
England Vs Pakistan at Lord's, London - Jun 18, 1992
England Vs West Indies at North Marine Road Ground (Queens), Scarborough - Yorkshire - Aug 26, 1976
Last played:
England Vs Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester - Aug 24, 1992