South Africa Botha announced retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. The 36-year-old had been representing Hobart Hurricanes in Big Bash League, but had to cut his 19-year career in the wake of “wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue”, ICC reported. Also Read - IPL 2020 News, DC vs KXIP: Shreyas Iyer Reflects on Delhi Capitals Loss Against Kings XI Punjab, Says Should Serve as a Wake up Call For Us
Botha, who started as a medium pacer, re-modelled his style to off-spin as his bowling actions were questioned. He had represented South Africa across all formats, including five games in the longest format, a number of matches for T20 franchises and captaining the Proteas in 21 games. Also Read - IPL 2020 News, DC vs KXIP: Sachin Tendulkar Compares Nicholas Pooran's 'Stance And Backlift' to South Africa Great JP Duminy
At the 2011 World Cup, he was one of the stand-out performers from his side for maintaining an economy rate of 4.07 runs per over. Also Read - Mohammad Nabi Returns to Melbourne Renegades For Big Bash League 2020-21
The 2012 World T20, in which South Africa crashed out at group stage, saw Botha’s international career come to an end as the off-spinner opted to take up the captaincy of South Australia, ruling him out of international contention.
Botha played a total of 78 one day matches, scoring 609 runs with an average of 19.03 and scalping 72 wickets with an economy rate of 4.57.