Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Ian Botham and the West Indies

  1. #1
    Cricket Web Staff Member fredfertang's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Cloud Cuckoo Land
    Posts
    11,893

    Ian Botham and the West Indies

    Ian Botham and the West Indies

    Was Sir Ian Botham's record against West Indies quite as bad as it looks on paper? In this feature Gareth Bland weighs up the evidence

    By Gareth Bland

  2. #2
    Englishman BoyBrumby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Locked up inside my opium den, surrounded by some Chinamen
    Posts
    45,111
    Sorry to hijack the thread, but for UK based readers there's a docu on Botham & 1981 and all that (tangentially related as it was his Phoenix from the Windies flames moment) on ITV4 tonight at 8pm.
    Cricket Web's 2013/14 Premier League Tipping Champion

    - As featured in The Independent.

    "as much a news event as an actual footballer, a worthy stop-start centre forward, but an all-time hyper-galactico when it comes to doing funny things with cars and hats, a player whose signing proves once again that the Premier League is still undoubtedly the best in the world when it comes to doing things with cars and hats."
    - Barney Ronay on Mario Balotelli

  3. #3
    Cricket Web Staff Member stumpski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Medway valley
    Posts
    5,765
    Yeah, was just going to post the same thing here but you beat me to it. Has it been on before? Strange to see it on an ITV channel tbh, they haven't had much to do with cricket over the years.

  4. #4
    International Vice-Captain watson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    4,754
    Since the article mentions Botham and Allan Lamb it is interesting to contrast the two batsman. Botham of course never reached triple figures against the WI pace-attack but Lamb hit 6 centuries.

    Consequently, I think that it was Botham's technique with the bat that let him down. While Botham employed an exaggerated swing with a high backlift and follow through Lamb tended to be the opposite and punch the ball with perfect timing and minimal force. In other words he let the pace of the ball do the work.

    I think it is this ecomomy of effort, with its larger margin for error, that allowed Allan Lamb to succeed where Botham couldn't.
    Tendulkar - M.Waugh - Ponting - Richards - Dhoni - Bevan - Kapil Dev - Hadlee - Akram - Garner - Muralitharan




Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •