Michael Holding ‘Whispering Death’

Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding was nicknamed ‘Whispering Death’ by English umpire Dickie Bird because of his smooth and silent run-up. Bird described Holding as having an unusually quiet run up and he could not hear Holding approach the crease to deliver the ball.

Holding had a quiet run up, but he would terrify batsmen with his frightening bowling speed.

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