Legendary West Indies bowler and cricket commentator, Michael Holding, has announced to retire as a TV commentator after more than three decades.
Holding represented West Indies in 60 Tests and 102 ODIs, taking 249 and 142 wickets respectively. He retired from international cricket in 1987 and decided to switch to commentary.
The 67-year-old initially started commentating on the radio in the Caribbean domestic circuit. He made his debut as a TV commentator during England’s tour to West Indies in 1990.
Holding has been a part of the Sky Sports commentary team and a regular member of the SuperSport cricket commentary team in South Africa for over two decades.
He had indicated about his retirement as a TV commentator last year, saying that “he wasn’t too sure how much further than 2020 could he go with commentary.”
Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter since the news that West Indies cricket great Michael Holding’s 31-year career as a TV commentator is over surfaced.
Let’s have a look at some of the best tributes:
Michael Holding has announced his retirement as a cricket commentator.
He will be missed 🙁 pic.twitter.com/GzGfGOlkmq
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 15, 2021
What an innings! 👏
Michael Holding has retired from cricket commentary after more than 30 years in broadcasting.#bbccricket
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 15, 2021
From the very first day I met him, Michael Holding has always been kind, understanding and encouraging to me; even when I messed up. I am privileged to call him friend and mentor. I will celebrate and be thankful the teachings he brought.
— Ian Raphael (Nadal) Bishop (@irbishi) September 15, 2021
Michael Holding is a legendary bowler .. Commentator .. Campaigner .. but even a more so a GREAT guy who will be sorely missed around the Comm boxes .. Happy retirement Mikie .. 👍
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 15, 2021
A big loss to the game of cricket – former West Indies legend Michael Holding has announced his retirement as a cricket commentator #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 15, 2021
Wishing Michael Holding all the best on your retirement from broadcasting.
Inspirational player, commentator & campaigner.
— Adam Mountford (@tmsproducer) September 15, 2021
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) September 15, 2021
Hits different when a cricket commentator retires. You might listen to a football commentator once or twice a week, but you spend entire days in the company of a cricket commentator. Michael Holding's voice was one of the sounds of summer. https://t.co/LkzoJOQetv
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) September 15, 2021