West Indies fast bowling legend Michael Holding named his favorite Fast Bowlers over the years. He also was one of the dangerous fast bowlers of his time. In his early days back in 1976 cricket season in England, Michael Holding became a frightening sight for the batsmen.
Michael Holding picked up 60 Test wickets and 102 ODI wickets. He names his favorite fast bowlers across generations during a Sky Sports podcast. He had previously picked up his favorite batsmen across formats.
Michael Holding named Australia’s Dennis Lillee, his West Indies teammates Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts, and also the modern-day great Dale Steyn in the list of his favorite fast bowlers.
“Lillee had it all: rhythm, aggression, and control. He was extremely fast when he started, but he had to completely reshape his bowling action after a back injury and find different ways to get batters out after losing a lot of rhythm,” Holding stated.
“Malcolm started with a good rhythm, but as time passed, he learned a lot about fast bowling. He could evaluate opposition batters so quickly and so easily. In those days, you didn’t have tapes or computers, and it was all in his head. He understood how to deal with hitters,” Holding stated.
“Andy was someone I learned a lot from. He hardly ever spoke, he used to walk around the field with a sullen face and people thought he looked aggressive and must be a miserable guy. But that wasn’t Andy.”
“He was my roommate for most of my career, and we used to talk about cricket almost every night. A lot of times, we would order food, we would stay in our room and talk about cricket. You would never believe how much this guy knows,” Holding stated.
Michael Holding also played alongside the finest batsmen on the international circuit Sir Viv Richards and names him his favorite batsman. Holding also shared the dressing room with Richards for years, saw his game carefully, and feels he is an unparalleled batsman.