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Top 6 bowlers with the longest run-up

Michael Holding
Michael Holding was one of the most feared bowlers during his playing time
Deeptesh Sen
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The record for the longest bowling run-up is not held by any professional cricketer but an amateur 43-year-old financial consultant who also happens to be the father of two children. Ian Biddle registered a record by running 2.6 miles to his bowling crease during a celebrity cricket match in 2015.

A fast bowler in full flight, steaming in to his bowling crease is quite the sight to behold. But sadly, too much cricket nowadays compels fast bowlers to cut down on their run-ups and not go full throttle into the bowling crease.

Yet, it would be interesting to look back to those days when a fast bowler's action started with that long dreaded run that put fear into the hearts of the batsmen. Here are 6 bowlers with unusually long run-ups.

1) Michael Holding

Michael Holding
Holding had an incredibly long run-up

One of the greatest fast bowlers to have ever played the game, Michael Holding was famous for his very long run-up. Against England at the Adelaide Oval in 1979-80, his run-up was so long that he seemed to be starting out from the sightscreen.

Known as the 'Whispering Death', he used to cover the ground to his bowling crease in no time as he skimmed across with perfectly paced gigantic strides. He also used his height to his advantage to extract good bounce off the pitch.

He belonged to the fearsome West Indian fast bowling line up comprising the likes of Joel Garner, Andy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall who also had long bowling run-ups. Holding is fondly remembered as a legend of the game. He belonged to an age when the West Indian pace battery terrorised the opposition batsmen.

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