Michael Holding is one of the great fast bowlers of all time. Lightening speed was his middle name, and he was extremely exciting to watch. My family and I used to love it whenever he destroyed the Australian cricket team’s batting line up.
This is an excerpt about him from Wikipedia. Michael Anthony Holding (born 16 February 1954) is a former West Indian cricketer. One of the fastest bowlers ever to play Test cricket, he was nicknamed “Whispering Death” by umpires due to his quiet approach to the bowling crease. His bowling was smooth and very fast, and he used his height (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in/1.918 m) to generate large amounts of bounce and zip off the pitch. He was part of the fearsome West Indian pace battery, together with Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Sylvester Clarke, Colin Croft, Wayne Daniel and the late Malcolm Marshall that devastated batting line-ups throughout the world in the seventies and early eighties. During his first-class cricket career, Holding played for Jamaica, Canterbury, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Tasmania.
Interview with Michael Holding
Michael Holding SPEED DEMON vs Australia PERTH 1981/82
Michael Holding bowls fastest-ever over to Geoffrey Boycott
Sunil Gavaskar is arguably one of the best batsman of all time. Some would say that 27 years ago, playing in an innings against the West Indies … which by the way, included two of the fastest bowlers of all time … Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall, he played one of the best innings ever witnessed. Not intimidated, he launched an all out batting attack against them. Instead of ducking from bouncers, he decided to use the hook shot to his advantage. Some have compared Gavaskar’s innings to that of Sir Donald Bradman or Gary Sobers. He reached his half-century off 37 balls and took only 57 more to record his 29th century. Only one other player has achieved this feat – Sir Donald Bradman.
Sunhil Gavaskar, nicknamed “Sunny” was a great batsman. This video shows him scoring 172 runs at the SCG in Sydney back in 1985. When you get a great batsman in fine form constantly hiting 4’s … it makes watching cricket very exciting. He scored these runs against the Australian Cricket Team who were a major force in world cricket at the time.
I was definately cricket mad. Dad was a former Sri Lankan cricketer and I remember running home from school to watch test matches on tv at 4 pm. I even kept a scrapbook with cricket pictures that I had cut out from newspapers. Alvin Kallicharan was a favorite of mine, so much so that and I even named my cat after him. Hailing from Guyana and representing the West Indies cricket team, he was a brilliant batsman. Watch this video and see why. Here he destroys the bowling of Dennis Lillee, who at the time was an elite Australian fast bowler.