South African All-Rounder Johan Botha Announces Retirement From All Forms of Cricket
Johan Botha, the all-rounder from South Africa has decided to bid adieu to cricket with immediate effect. Meanwhile, Botha was plying his trade for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League but had to reduce his time citing wear and tear on his body.
However, Johan Botha joined Hobart from the Sydney Sixers earlier this season. And he finished off his short stint with the Hurricanes against his previous club, which saw the Sixers win by 9 wickets.
“Ironically, Botha finished his short 10-game career with the Hobart Hurricanes tonight battling against his former Sydney Sixers team-mates at the SCG, in a gripping and high-quality top of the table clash,” a statement from Hurricanes read.
“We wish the enthusiastic fitness fanatic, cyclist, golfer and runner all the very best with his future endeavours and thank him for his time and efforts at the Hobart Hurricanes since signing prior to the Abu Dhabi T20 in September 2018,” it added further.
Johan Botha has represented South Africa in five Test matches, 78 ODIs and 40 T20 Internationals from 2005-2012. Moreover, the all-rounder captained the Proteas in 10 ODIs and took the team to the No 1 ranking after they defeated Australia 4-1 away in 2009. He also captained the Proteas in 11T20s, taking over from Graeme Smith. Johan Botha also featured in 215 domestic T20 matches across 15 years since his 2004 debut in South Africa.
In 78 ODIs he racked up 609 runs and picked 78 wickets while in 40 T20Is Johan Botha has 37 scalps to his team. His international career, however, came to an end in 2012 when South Africa crashed out of the mega event from the group stages. Johan Botha received his Australian citizenship in 2016 thus ruling out any possibility of an international return.
The 36-year-old also featured in the Indian Premier League playing for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.