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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Ian Botham

Ian Botham (born November 24, 1955) is also known fondly as Beefy and Guy the Gorilla due to his large build.

On June 19, 1978 Ian Botham became the first cricketer in history to score a century and take eight wickets in one Test match innings - against Pakistan at Lords.

His famous play during the 1981 Test series resulted in the 1981 Ashes between England and Australia becoming known as Botham’s Ashes. On the 4th day of the Headingly Test,  whilst England was predicted to lose by the Bookies at an odds of 500-1, Botham single-handedly made the comeback with his innings of 149 not-out.

On five occasions, Botham scored a century and took five wickets in an innings in the same Test match, a record others have managed to do only twice.

In 1986 he was suspended for smoking cannabis

In 102 Tests for England between 1977 and 1992 he became the first player in Test cricket to score over 5,000 runs as well as take over 300 wickets He once held the record for the highest number of Test wickets taken by an England player (383).

Botham batting at Trent Bridge, 1983

During his time playing first-class, he scored 19,399 runs at 33.97, took 1,172 wickets at 27.22 and held 354 catches.

Botham was always very talented at football as well as cricket and made 11 appearances in the Football League for Scunthorpe.

Botham has been a prodigious fundraiser for charitable causes, undertaking a total of 12 long-distance charity walks. His efforts were inspired after a visit to Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital whilst receiving treatment for a broken toe; when he took a wrong turn into a children's ward, he was devastated to learn that some of the children had only weeks to live, and why.

Botham in 2013. By Nic Redhead - Flickr: Sky Team

Because of such efforts, together with his spectacular cricketing achievements Botham was knighted by the Queen in 2007 at Buckingham Palace.

Ian Botham is colorblind.

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