Friday, January 9, 2009

Johan Who?


Yes Johan Botha!

He is the captain of South Africa.

Wait, I know that its Graeme Smith, but Smith ain't playing the ODIs against Australia so instead of him its Botha captaining the team.


I was shocked when I took a look at the Safrikaans squad and saw "captain" under the name of Johan Botha.

I mean Boucher and Kallis are there in the squad.

As is AB De Villiers.

Even the U-19 captain, Wayne Parnell is there.

Then why Botha?

He has a batting average that should be his bowling average and vice versa.

I don't think he has captained any domestic teams. Or maybe he has.

But one usually hears about this things.

Like when Smith was made captain at 21 or 23 or whatever he was, we all knew he was a big name on the domestic cricuit and had made waves at the U-19 level.

Just like we had heard of Ian Bell and Alistair Cook and Micheal Clarke and Salman Butt and Virat Kohli.

But Botha?

Someone must have an explanation.

I didn't even have a label for him before this post!

Make your pitch on this post...

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11 Pitched:

  1. Wasim said...

    Who is Botha?

    Never heard of him.

  2. Naked Cricket said...

    nobody wanted it so they gave it to him. this way botha plays.

  3. Q said...

    He's an offie Wasim.. seen him play a few ODIs, nothing all that and as I said, I have no idea why the hell he's captain..

    Honestly, I didn't even see a report saying he would be the captain... wonder how and why?

  4. Q said...

    On a serious note NC, u have more on this?

  5. Straight Point said...

    the have appointed him coz if some one ask

    'abe sa ka captain kaun tha?'


  6. Q said...

    Hahaha.. but SP I am still clueless!

  7. Sam said...

    why bothA?

    why not kallis or boucher ?

    Wasnt he tainted ?

    wasnt he reported for illegal bowling ? he is murali s african cousin!!!


  8. Sam said...

    Fundoo SP :)

    Q it means in Hindi.......

    Somebody asks who was skipper of SA ?

    answer is botha :)

    a bit tweaking here : wo tha...

    That means he was!!

    I guess Urdu me bhi its wo tha :)

  9. Q said...

    Hahaha!! Thats hilarious SP. Thanks for the explanation Sam..

    And yep illegal action and all..

  10. Biplob Kishore Deb said...

    I was also shocked to see Botha being made stand-in captain for South Africa in an important ODI series against Australia. However, later on, I came to know that he was awarded South Africa Player of the Year 2008 award and his recent progress is pretty much satisfactory. Still, as a captain, he is not experienced?

  11. Q said...

    I cant see why he got player of the year..

    Biplob, can you shed some light on this?

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