Michael Holding

West Indies|Bowler
Michael Holding
INTL CAREER: 1975 - 1987
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Full Name

Michael Anthony Holding

Born

February 16, 1954, Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica

Age

68y 230d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast

Playing Role

Bowler

Other

Commentator

Wisden overview
It began intimidatingly far away. He turned, and began the most elegant long-striding run of them all, feet kissing the turf silently, his head turning gently and ever so slightly from side to side, rhythmically, like that of a cobra hypnotising its prey. Good batsmen tended not to watch him all the way lest they became mesmerised. To the umpires he was malevolent stealth personified so they christened him Whispering Death. No-one in the game has bowled faster. His over to Geoff Boycott in the cauldron of Kensington Oval early in 1981 has gone down in history as the finest, fastest, most ferocious gambit of all time. Five years earlier, towards the end of the drought-ridden summer of 1976, The Oval had become a wasteland, parched beyond recognition, with slow flat heart-breaking pitches, and it was on this, in the final Test of the season, through the simple device of bowling ramrod-straight at high pace and to a full length, that he conjured 14 wickets for 149, the finest match figures ever by a West Indian. Now in the commentary box, he is gentle but fearless, a rational critic who beguiles with his deep fruity measured Jamaican twang. Mike Selvey

Career Averages
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test601131268058982498/9214/14923.682.7950.911132
ODI102102547330341425/265/2621.363.3238.5510
FC22238877182337788/9223.432.8149.9395
List A2491266270743438/218/2120.623.3536.9930
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test6076109107313.780636220
ODI1024211282649.0937774.8002300
FC2222834336008015.000141250
List A2491532515756912.3007810
Michael Anthony Holding
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Michael Holding and Michael Atherton on commentary duty
Michael Holding on commentary duty
Michael Holding during day one of the third Ashes Test
Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton and Michael Holding
Michael Holding gives a thumbs up
Isa Guha, Raunak Kapoor, Michael Holding, Ajit Agarkar and Jonathan Trott at the Match Point studio