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.
Former West Indies Cricketer, Cricket Commentator
Whispering Death and No Holding Back
Date of Birth:
16 February 1954
Age (as on 2018):
Kingston, Colony of Jamaica
Zodiac sign/Sun sign:
28 November 1975 vs Australia
26 August 1976 vs England
West Indies, Canterbury, Derbyshire, Jamaica, Lancashire, Tasmania
Nature on field:
Aggressive fast bowler
Likes to play against:
Career Turning Point
Together with Vivian Richards, Holding recorded the highest 10th wicket partnership in ODI history (106*).
Favourite Cricket Ground:
Favourite sports Commentator:
Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Laurie Ann Holding
Son:- Ryan Mark Holding
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.