Michael Holding

Michael Holding

Full NameMichael Anthony Holding

BornFebruary 16, 1954

Height6 ft 3.5 in (1.92 m)

NationalityJamaican / New Zealand

RoleBowler/Right-arm fast, Right-handed Batsman

Relation(s)Ralph Holding (Father), Enid Holding (Mother), Laurie Ann Holding (Spouse), Ryan Mark Holding (Son)


Michael Holding Biography

Michael Holding was born on 16th February, 1954 in Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica.

Holding was a right-arm fast bowler and a part of the much-famed and feared West Indian fast-bowling quartet, along with Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner.

Due to his smooth run up and subsequent fiery deliveries, he was nicknamed as “Whispering Death” by the umpires.

Early Life and Achievement

Being the youngest of the 4 brothers, Holding came from a family which is quite enthusiastic about sports. Initially he was enrolled in Melbourne Cricket Club at Kingston.


His Test debut was against Australia at Brisbane in 1975.

His ODI debut was against England at Scarborough in the year 1976 where West Indies won by 6 wickets.

Rise to Glory

During his initial stages of bowling itself, he picked up a groin strain in only his second Test but bowled as fast as 97 miles per hour (156 km/h) which turned out to be even quicker than Jeff Thompson who was then Australia's fastest bowler.

Against India in a four-Test series, Holding took over from Andy Roberts as leader of the West Indies bowling attack.

West Indies won the series and Holding was the leading wicket taker with 19 wickets at less than 20 runs each and helped his team to a 2–1 victory.

Low Points

When Holding was 3 years he was diagnosed with asthma but luckily by the early teenage years he no longer needed an inhaler.He had to overcome this by actively getting involved in sports and leading a healthy life.


Post retirement Holding ran a petrol station in Kingston called “Michael Holding’s Service Centre which created employment for a lot of people of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

He also became a commentator also later appeared as a commentator on Tv as well.


He made a new record by breaking the record for the best bowling figures in a Test match by a West Indies bowler with 14 wickets for 149 runs.


He played for many prestigious teams like West Indies, Canterbury, Derbyshire, Jamaica, Lancashire and Tasmania.

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