West Indies cricket legend Michael Holding has announced his retirement from cricket commentary. The 66-year-old former pacer, who was also known as the ‘‘Whispering Death’ has been a part of Sky Sports’ commentary panel for over 20 years and has finally drawn curtains on his stint behind the microphone. Over the past one year he has been hinting on his intentions to retire.
Last year, in April, he had revealed in a podcast that 2021 is going to be his last in front of the mic, “I am not too sure how much further than 2020 I will be going with commentary. I cannot see myself going much further down the road at my age. I am 66 years old now, I am not 36, 46 or 56."
“If this year gets totally destroyed, I might have to think about 2021 because I can’t just walk away from Sky, a company that has done so much good for me."
Michael Holding has announced his retirement from cricket commentary after 30 years at Sky Sports.— HLTCO (@HLTCO) September 15, 2021
A man of towering intelligence and empathy. He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/HY1w2kaXcs
Holding retired from international cricket in 1987 and is widely respected for his famous insightful analysis. His addressing on racism in sport and society in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death was praised across the globe.
He featured in 60 Tests and 102 ODIs and has 391 international wickets to his name, had also said that he feels himself to be extremely lucky when he looks back at his career.