Cricket World Cup 1992: Ian Botham’s last hurrah downs Australia at SCG

Ian Botham is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders the game has ever seen and many a times he has excelled with both – ball and bat in the same match.  (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Full coverage)

During the 1992 World Cup, Botham, 36, was at the fag-end of his career but that didn’t mean that he had lost any steam. ‘Beefy’ as he is fondly called, never liked to miss a chance of having a crack at his old enemy – Australia. On this day, 23 years back, the aging legend exactly did so, once again excelling with the ball and the bat.

It was just the day after arch-rivals India and Pakistan played at Sydney, when cricket’s traditional rivals – Australia and England (who were also the finalist of the previous World Cup in 1987) clashed at the same venue. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Points Table)

With the ball, Botham picked up four wickets, which included the key one of Australian captain Allan Border. Australia were bowled out for 171 and then with the bat Botham opened and scored 53, in what was an easy chase. Australia had a disappointing campaign and England made it to the final again, this time they were beaten by Pakistan.