Ian Botham, as you know, can bat as well as bowl,
Approaches those two differently, with freedom or control,
Made 142 off 214, and ace from in the hole,
As England posted 378, a decent looking goal.
By contrast came, then, Kapil Dev, who was anything but dour,
His hundred came off eighty-three, a swinging, stinging power,
He might have made a hundred more, if he’d stayed another hour,
Instead he picked out Dilley’s hands, a first test scalp for Gower.