Ian Botham

Vic Marks in an article titled “Cricket's king meets his queen” (The Observer) writes that Botham was instinctively generous.

On England's 1982-83 tour of Australia he buttonholed a couple of team-mates to accompany him on a visit to a local sportsman, recently paralysed in an accident. In the cab to the hospital he was nervous, cadging cigarettes and chain-smoking. In the hospital he was brilliant, joking with the patients, charming the nurses; it was a charismatic tour de force. Back in the cab exhaustion set in. He did not have to do it. But he had promised.

But then all great men are generous.

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