Holding believes express pace bowlers have become a dying breed in the game
West Indies pace legend Michael Holding has admitted that his body would have probably broken down multiple times if he had to endure the workload bestowed upon today’s breed of pace bowlers.
Holding also stated that pace bowlers are being overworked, which has resulted in bowlers like Australia’s Brett Lee retiring at a relatively young age.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Holding as saying: “I know how difficult it was to maintain fitness and to bowl fast for an extended period of time. Although everyone is always talking about all the training that they are doing and they’re monitored so closely, you will get injuries.”
Holding believes that pace bowlers should be playing less cricket in order to ensure that they stay fit and have longer careers.
“It’s just about monitoring them, about making sure that the workload is managed and see how long they can actually last,” Holding added.
The West Indies legend also pointed out that this generation had fewer express pace bowlers compared to 30 or 40 years ago, where every team had at least one extremely fast seamer.
“I’m not talking about somebody who just ran 30 metres and bowled a ball,” Holding said. “I’m talking about somebody who bowled really fast.”