Ian Botham was an aggressive batsman and right arm medium fast bowler. Ian Botham was simply magnificent at the cricket headquarters Lord’s Test match of 1978 against Pakistan. He hammered the century 108 runs batting at No. 7 after England had slumped to 134 for 5.
His innings took the England total to 364. Then Pakistan batting crashed to 105 all out. England forced Pakistan to follow on. Sir Ian Botham took the career best bowling of 8 for 34 runs in their second innings to lead England to an innings and 120 runs triumph.
The Somerset all rounder blistering performance has become the first cricketer in the history of Test cricket, to score a century and eight wickets in an innings. His incredible all round performance make him an established all rounder on cricket scenes. England Captain Mike Brearley said, Botham colossus at the moment.
Pakistan Captain Wasim Bari Said, I have never seen a ball swing so much in the sunny weather, Botham was completely unplayable on that day. As a right hand batsman, he managed to scored 14 centuries with the career best of 208 against India in 1982.