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Post by jahid789 on Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:33 am

Michael Holding




Full name Michael Anthony Holding
Born February 16, 1954, Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica
Current age 54 years 338 days
Major teams West Indies, Canterbury, Derbyshire, Jamaica, Lancashire, Tasmania
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Nick Name Whispering Death
Other Commentator

One of the quickest bowlers ever to play Test cricket, he was nicknamed 'Whispering Death' by umpires due to his quiet approach to the bowling crease. Holding was an outstanding athlete as a teenager and used skills acquired from running the 400 metres on the cricket pitch, with one of the longest and most rhythmic run-ups in world cricket. His bowling was smooth and very quick, and he used his height (6' 3 ½", 1.92m) to generate large amounts of bounce and zip off the pitch. He was part of the fearsome West Indian pace battery, along with the likes of Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Sylvester Clarke, Colin Croft and the late Malcolm Marshall that devastated batting line-ups in the world throughout the seventies and early eighties.

Holding was the bowler in what is often described as "the greatest over in Test history", which he bowled in 1981 in Bridgetown to English batsman Geoff Boycott. The first five balls increased in pace, causing Boycott to have to react very rapidly to avoid being hit. The final ball saw Boycott clean bowled, to the great delight of the crowd.

A less amusing incident for which Holding is also remembered was kicking over the stumps in anger at an umpiring decision in New Zealand in 1979/80. The tour had gone poorly almost from the beginning: West Indies had just finished a long tour of Australia, and were perhaps resentful about having a tour to unglamorous New Zealand immediately afterwards (their leading batsman of the time, Viv Richards, refused to tour).West Indies felt that the umpiring had been incompetent and against them throughout. After an appeal for caught behind was turned down, Holding turned and kicked the stumps in frustration.[3] There is a photograph of the incident in the 1981 edition of Wisden (page 67).

Despite modest batting talent, he holds the record for the most sixes in a Test career for any player with fewer than 1000 career runs. He hit 36 sixes in his Test career, placing him at 32 in the all-time list. Remarkably almost a quarter of his Test runs came by way of sixes. Currently, Holding is one of the more respected cricket commentators in the world. His distinctive Caribbean accent and observations have proved popular wherever he is heard.



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