Michael Holding

Country: West Indies
Born: February 16, 1954, Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Michael Holding Bio

Michael Anthony Holding, better known as Michael Holding or “Whispering Death,” is a former West Indies cricketer and one of the most feared fast bowlers in the history of the game. Born on February 16, 1954, in Kingston, Jamaica, Holding’s undeniable talent and skill with the ball made him a name that struck fear into the hearts of batsmen around the world.

Holding’s journey into the world of cricket began at a young age. He made his first-class debut for Jamaica at just 17 years old in 1972 and quickly rose through the ranks with his exceptional pace, accuracy, and ability to move the ball both ways off the pitch. It wasn’t long before his remarkable talent caught the attention of the West Indies selectors, and Holding made his international debut against Australia in 1975.

However, it was in the late 1970s and early 1980s that Holding truly left an indelible mark on the game. Known for his smooth, elegant run-up and effortless bowling action, Holding was a sight to behold as he unleashed his lightning-fast deliveries. His ability to generate extreme pace and bounce while maintaining unerring accuracy was unmatched, and it led to him becoming one of the most feared bowlers of his time.

One of the defining moments of Holding’s career came during the famous 1981 Test match against England at Kensington Oval. In what is widely regarded as one of the greatest spells of fast bowling ever witnessed, Holding produced a mesmerizing display of speed and aggression. His iconic over to Geoff Boycott, where he terrorized the English batsman with sheer pace and hostility, has gone down in history as one of the finest, fastest, and most ferocious displays of fast bowling ever seen.

Throughout his career, Holding played 60 Test matches for the West Indies, taking an impressive 249 wickets at an average of 23.68. He was instrumental in the West Indies’ dominance during the late 1970s and early 1980s, contributing significantly to their success in winning several Test series and the coveted World Cup in 1979.

Holding’s achievements on the cricket field were not limited to his bowling prowess alone. After his retirement from the game, he transitioned into a successful career as a cricket commentator. Renowned for his deep, fruity Jamaican accent and insightful analysis, Holding became a respected voice in the commentary box. Known for his ability to speak his mind fearlessly, he has become a rational critic loved by cricket fans worldwide.

Today, Holding’s legacy as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time remains intact. His exceptional skill, raw pace, and aggression became the stuff of legend, leaving an indelible mark on the sport. Holding’s contributions to cricket, both as a player and a commentator, have undoubtedly made him one of the most iconic figures in the history of West Indies cricket and a true champion of the game.

Michael Holding Career Stats

Michael Holding Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 60 76 10 910 73 13.78 - - 0 6 - 36 22 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 102 42 11 282 64 9.09 377 74.8 0 2 - - 30 0
FC 222 283 43 3600 80 15 - - 0 14 - - 125 0
List A 249 153 25 1575 69 12.3 - - 0 7 - - 81 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Michael Holding Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 60 113 12680 5898 249 8/92 14/149 23.68 2.79 50.9 11 13 2
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 102 102 5473 3034 142 5/26 5/26 21.36 3.32 38.5 5 1 0
FC 222 - 38877 18233 778 8/92 - 23.43 2.81 49.9 - 39 5
List A 249 - 12662 7074 343 8/21 8/21 20.62 3.35 36.9 9 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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