Former West Indies speedster Michael Holding has announced his retirement from commentary, at least from international cricket. He ends his 20-year association with Sky Sports, for which he last commented during the recently concluded (or unfinished) test series between In the and England.
Michael Holding’s smooth, soft and calm voice, which embraces Test cricket, will be missed by fans, as will his opinions and detailed analysis.
With the BBC, he has revealed that it is his 67-year-old age that is the main reason for making this decision; Travel, staying away from families, keeping protocols amid the covid-19 pandemic, seems to be other reasons for the legendary pacemaker in the comment box.
‘I’m not sure how much further than 2020 goes with comments. I can not see myself much further down the road at my age. I’m 66 years old now, I’m not 36, 46 or 56. I said [ Sky] that I could not commit myself for more than a year at a time. ”
‘If this year is completely destroyed, I’ll probably have to think about 2021, because I can’ t just walk away from Sky, a business that has done so much good for me.
He has taken 249 Test wickets and 142 one-day wickets in his 12-year international career for the West Indies.
I think what scares off people’s batsmen is the limited run-up to Bumrah and his powerful action: Michael Holding
Michael Holding is often talked about in his comments on Jasprit Bumrah when the Indian pacer burst onto the scene. He raised concerns about Bumrah’s life expectancy due to his actions.
However, he believes that Bumrah’s actions and his slow, short approach are the aspects that make him excellent.
The Jamaican told the Telegraph: ‘I think what scares people [batsmen] is Bumrah’s limited run-up and his powerful strong performance that yields the pace. If he had a long rhythmic run-up and bowled at the same pace with the same delivery, batsmen would not have found it so difficult. Even Jeff Thomson and Lasith Malinga had ‘different’ actions, but they had a run-up to which batsmen could get some sort of rhythm. ”
Bumrah was once again brilliant for India against England. He took 18 wickets in 4 Tests. His double strike in the second session on day 5 at The Oval accelerated India to victory.