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Michael Holding (Former West Indies cricketer) Autobiography, Wife, Weight, Height, Age, Records and More

Michael Holding
(Former West Indies Cricketer)

Michael Holding is one of the members of the lethal West Indies bowling attack of the 1970s and 80s. Nicknamed “Whispering Death”, Holding is regarded one of the deadliest bowlers of his times in International cricket. He is now a cricket commentator.

Michael Holding
Nickname: Whispering Death
Profession: Former West Indies Cricketer, Cricket Commentator
Role: Right-arm fast
Autobiography: Whispering Death and No Holding Back

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Physical Appearance
Height (approx.): 6'3″
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Hair Colour: Black
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Personal Life
Date of Birth: 16 February 1954
Age (as on 2018): 64 years
Birth Place: Kingston, Colony of Jamaica
Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican
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Father: Ralph Holding
Mother: Enid Holding
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Religion: Christianity
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Cricket Career
International Debut:
Test: 28 November 1975 vs Australia
ODI: 26 August 1976 vs England
T20: DNP
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Major Team: West Indies, Canterbury, Derbyshire, Jamaica, Lancashire, Tasmania
Nature on field: Aggressive fast bowler
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Career Turning Point



  • Together with Vivian Richards, Holding recorded the highest 10th wicket partnership in ODI history (106*).

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Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Marital Status: Married
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Wife/Spouse: Laurie Ann Holding

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Children: Son:- Ryan Mark Holding

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Awards and recognitions

  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1977
  • Tasmania First-Class Career Span: 1982-83
  • In 2013, Michael Holding received an Honorary Degree and Life Time Achievement Award at the University of East London


  • Holding is remembered for kicking over the stumps in frustration over an umpiring decision in New Zealand in 1979/80.

Lesser Known Facts

  • Holding was diagnosed with asthma at the age of three, but by he no longer needed an inhaler after teenage.
  • In 1987, Michael Holding started his venture named Michael Holding’s Services Centre but packed up soon unable to invest time.
  • Holding is known to have bowled “the greatest over in Test history” in 1981 in Bridgetown to English legend Geoff Boycott.
  • Holding never aspired to become a commentator but took up Radio commentary after being insisted by a friend. He switched to television commentary in 1990.

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