Ian Botham: The Power and the Glory

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This biography on one of England’s top sports personalities of the 80’s, Ian Botham, was written by none other than sports journalist, Simon Wilde. Simon Wilde already has produced some great biographies and other books about cricket. Three of his books even have been nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award: Ranji: A Genius Rich and Strange about the Indian prince who played for the English cricket team, K. S. Ranjitsinhji, Letting Rip: The Fast Bowling Threat from Lillee to Waqar and Shane Warne: Portrait of a Flawed Genius. And now Wilde comes with a detailed biography on the greatest all round cricketer of the 80’s and overall bad boy Ian Botham.

And now Wilde has focused into the world Ian Botham, Botham is without a doubt one of England’s best cricketers ever, perhaps even the best. Botham has collected several records during his 102 matches for the England team, his record of 382 career wickets still stands as well as his 27 5-wickets-in-an-innings record is still the best.

Off the field the flamboyant Botham was also making name for himself, he often appeared in the tabloids, he got in trouble over drugs and girls even to the extend he was banned from playing cricket for 2 months after being caught smoking marijuana. And although in some cricket circles he didn’t make any friends the people loved him. He was so loved by the public that he drew a whole new crowd to the world of cricket.

Wilde’s book is again one to have in your collection if your a cricket lover.

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