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Famous cricket players of South African cricket team: Johan Botha

Famous cricket players of South African cricket team: Johan Botha

Johan Botha is an off-spinner and a lower order batsman who represents South African cricket team. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1982 and is known for his competitive nature and the fact that he is a team player.

Johan Botha made his ODI debut against Indian cricket team back in 2005 and has thus far represented his country in 79 ODIs. In these matches Botha has to his name 72 wickets which he got a relatively high average of 40.29 and with his best bowling figures being 4/19 thus far.

Through out his short career, Johan Botha has been under the spot light for more wrong reasons than right. He was involved in allegations where he had a suspect action right after his debut in 2005 in Australia and was left out until an expert judged his action. Then again in 2009 questions were raised over the way he bowled his ‘doosra’ which did not fall within the defined bowling perimeters by the ICC. Johan Botha had to face action problems as well. His bowling action wasn’t correct as suggested by various experts. He had to work very hard to get his action acceptable and become part of the South African cricket team.In May 2009 his ‘doosra’ was termed as illegal and he would not be allowed to ball this delivery again. When Graeme Smith hung up his boots after the 2011, it was expected that ODI captaincy is likely to be handed to Johan Botha whose leadership skills are well respected within the South African Squad.

Botha has been rated highly by his captain Graeme Smith and thus even with mediocre performances he continues to be part of a squad that is filled with top notch performers. Hopefully during the 2015 cricket World Cup he would produce a few performances that would help his side in achieving their first world cup success.

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