Picture of Michael Holding

Michael Holding

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
West Indies
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-ODI | AllRounder
Home country:
West Indies
February 16, 1954, Half Way Tree


When one thinks of Michael Holding, one realizes that there are different hues to the man. As a tear away fast bowler, the fondest memory of the man is of his over to technically one of the most perfect batsmen, Geoffrey Boycott, that worked him over off the first five deliveries, before bowling him neck and crop. When one thinks of his bowling run up, and his action, one is reminded of what Dickie Bird referred to him as; Whispering Death. When one remembers him talk in the commentary box, it is that straight talking, strong Caribbean accent that meets one’s thoughts. Here was also a man who had kicked the stumps in disgust when appeals after appeals kept getting turned down by the Kiwi umpires, frustrating the man no ends.

To add to this, Holding picked up 249 Test wickets at almost 24, while his 140 odd ODI scalps cost him only 21. Batting was obviously not his forte, but he did play his part in the tenth wicket 100 plus run partnership with Vivian Richards, in which his own contribution was not even 15.

Now, after retirement, he has taken to the commentary box like a duck to water, with his astute observations and sarcastic sense of humor providing a lot of entertainment to the viewing public.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 60 76 910 10 13.78 - 0 6 73
ODI 102 42 282 11 9.09 74.80 0 2 64
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 60 113 12680 5898 249 8/92 / 23.68 2.79 11 13 2 0
ODI 102 102 5473 3034 142 5/26 / 21.36 3.32 5 1 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 22 0 0
ODI 30 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 2 2 0 0 0 100


West Indies Vs Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Nov 28, 1975
Last played:
West Indies Vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Feb 20, 1987
West Indies Vs England at North Marine Road Ground (Queens), Scarborough - Yorkshire - Aug 26, 1976
Last played:
West Indies Vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Jan 30, 1987