In this article, we take a look at the life of Johan Botha who retired from cricket in January this year. With over 200,000 followers on Twitter, he lives an active and exciting life. For all those cricket lovers out there, Johan is definitely on your radar if you are not already a fan of his. Here, we take a look at his age, nationality, family drama, brother, stats, and much more.
Johan Botha, nicknamed Botes or Stone, is a former cricketer and coach who played for the South African National team between 2005 and 2012. He is an All-Rounder who is right-handed in both batting and bowling. His bowling arm has had its share of controversial moments, even costing him a lucrative IPL contract.
Johan Botha age and nationality
He was born in Transvaal, Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 2nd of May, 1982, making him 37 years.
He is one of the 189,000 South African-Australians. These are citizens of Australia who were born in South Africa (2018 census). He served the land of his birth by representing the South African National Team alongside the likes of Robin Peterson and Wayne Parnell. In 2012, he relocated to Australia to play in their domestic leagues. Four years later, in 2016, he became an Australian Citizen.
He is married and has two children: Austin and Ashley. His son Austin is named after the country where he played his first test, Australia, and his first ODI, India.
Johan Botha parents
His parents took him to Grey Hill School in Port Elizabeth. Other notable South African cricketers such as Graeme Pollock also attended the school. His dad taught him to be hardworking and disciplined in everything that he wanted to do.
One of his fondest memories is when he would carry a bag in his dad's car, hoping to find something like a ball or a bat inside.
He was reunited with his brother, Andre Botha, who turned out to be Johan Botha brother after the International Cricket Council conducted their routine dope tests. The samples from the Irishman and South African shared a very similar DNA make up.
After further tests, they were confirmed as brothers, and their parents soon confessed it to be true. It was revealed that the grandparents had something to do with their separation as they lived in both Ireland and South Africa.
Johan Botha career
He started his career as a medium pace bowler. The future South Africa team coach, Mickey Arthur, urged him to switch to off-break. He also learned the doosra, which is when the ball turns in the opposite direction to a normal off-break, so cool! He represented South Africa in the Under 19 2000 World Cup, and at the age of 18, he got his first-class debut for the Eastern Province.
The game against Australia in 2010 was vital in making him, Captain. The former captain Graeme Smith was injured with a broken finger, and Johan, who was his deputy, led the team to an astounding victory over Australia.
His first match as Captain was against Zimbabwe on the 7th of October 2010. Check his detailed stats to know more about Johan Botha Bowling Averages, Batting, and Fielding Averages, as well as his recent games.
Johan Botha teams
His teams include South Africa, Ireland, Africa XI, South Australia, Border, Eastern Province, Northamptonshire, South Africa A, Kolkata, Delhi, Rajasthan, South Africa Under-19, Warriors, Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Sixers, Kandurata Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders, and Pretoria Mavericks
In an interview, he was asked about the funniest Sixers teammate, and he answered with absolute certainty that it was Doug Bollinger.
Teams that have called Johan Botha coach include Guyana Amazon Warriors, Islamabad United, and Multan Sultans. He left Hurricanes after he retired with an emotional letter.
His best delivery was his off-spin bowling. In this technique, he was accurate and was able to vary his pace and length intelligently. In 2006, he was accused of straightening his arm over the 15-degree acceptable elbow extension.
In 2009, Botha's doosra was measured at 26.7 degrees. This exceeded the 15-degree limit. He was banned by the ICC until he could deliver within the accepted parameters. He then received the green light to play in the World Twenty 20 and the Champions Trophy after his off-break was measured at 12.2 degrees and his arm-ball was at 11.1 degrees. Losing the doosra was not a major set back as he was relying more on his other deliveries that were more consistent.
Hobbies and interests
- Favourite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
- Favourite Band: Creed
- Favourite Song: Beautiful Day by U2
- Favourite Food: Mexican
Other famous Johan Botha's
There was Johann Botha 50/50 presenter for SABC's wildlife and nature TV Program. Unfortunately, he was shot in a bar. One of his killers was sentenced to two life terms while his co-accused was sentenced to 75 years in jail.
There is also Johan Botha akteur who is married to the actress Lida Botha. She heard him playing the piano in their apartment and went over to say hi. He jokes in an interview with Pasella that the short skirts worn by Lida made him take weeks to get to her eyes. They have come a long way and starred in numerous productions. They are best known for their Grandpa and Grandma Afrikaans art festivals.
Another celebrity who shared the same name was an opera singer. He moved audiences to opera venues around the world. Sadly, Johan Botha tenor died of cancer at the age of 51.
On Facebook, you can also find an insurance company known as Johan Botha Holdings.
There is a bridal fashion designer that goes by Johan Botha fashion on Instagram. He is able to capture affection and happiness in his designs. He goes on to present his works in an elegant and eye-catching manner.
There are many doctors with the name as well. One notable one is Dr Johan Botha, who is one of a few Orthopedic Surgeons in South Africa that are qualified to perform an anterior minimally invasive hip replacement surgery
To get updated on what he is up to, you can find him on twitter @johan_botha. He does not have Instagram yet, but we are counting on him to get an account soon.
Johan Botha has achieved a lot in the world of cricket. He represented South Africa over 100 times, 21 of which he was Captain. He played in the T20 Leagues and appeared in over 500 professional games grabbing over 500 wickets. His love for sports has not waned after retiring from cricket early this year. He remains active in sports like athletics, cycling, and golf. That is everything you need to know about this incredible, talented man.