ON THIS DAY in 1936 Sir Garfield Sobers was born, and Sir Ian Botham made his Test debut.
Born in 1936, Sobers was one of Wisden‘s Five Cricketers of the Century, whereas Ian Botham was arguably England’s greatest ever allrounder.
Sobers, struck his maiden Test century as a 21-year-old; converting it into a score of 365.
With over 8,000 runs at an average of nearly 60, he would make it into the West Indies record books as a batsman alone.
His 235 Test wickets [through a mixture of left arm seam and spin] and his 100+ catches make him one of the greatest, ever.
Here’s a video of Garry Sobers smashing six 6s:
Botham debuted on this day in 1977. He was the fastest to the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets.
After a lengthy career, Beefy finished with over 5,000 runs and 14 centuries, in addition to 383 wickets, which until recently broken by James Anderson, made him England’s leading Test wicket-taker.
He was of course also known for non-cricketing antics, good and bad. He was accused of drug taking, and also heralded for his charity work. His records however shine through as being a national sporting hero that would inspire a generation.
I couldn’t find a video of Beefy on debut, so here he is instead, being grilled by a bunch of Scottish teenagers in 1986:
Oh go on then.. here he is demolishing the Australians.