West Indies have given cricket more than one all-rounder, one of them was David Holford, who died in Barbados at 82. According to the information received, Holford was running ill for a long time. Holford was a spin all-rounder. Apart from doing leg-spin, he used to bat in the lower middle order. Holford played 24 Tests for the West Indies from 1966 to 1977 and scored 768 runs and took 51 wickets. During this, the best performance he got in bowling was seen in the Barbados Test played against India in 1975.
Apart from representing the West Indies, he also captained Barbados in the 1970s and won 5 Shell Shield titles. Apart from this, he also took command of Trinidad and Tobago. David Holford was the first cricketer to take 1000 runs and 100 wickets in the Shield tournament. He was also seen playing in the Carey Packer series held in 1978.
Many memorable innings played with the bat.
He did his best performance with the bat as an all-rounder in 1966 at Old Trafford ground in England, where he shared a 127-run partnership with Gary Sobers. After this, in the next Test played at Lord’s, he saved the match by scoring 105 runs. West Indies’ 5 wickets in that Test fell for just 95 runs. After this, he played a century inning and shared a 260-run partnership with Sobers. West Indies won that series 3-1.
Took five wickets for 23 runs against India
David Holford’s best performance with the ball came against India when he took 5 for 23 in the Barbados Test played in 1975. West Indies defeated India by an innings and 97 runs based on his fantastic performance.
Chanderpaul’s talent was recognized.
Apart from playing cricket for the West Indies, he later became the chairman of its selection panel. His most significant discovery as the chairman of Windies Cricket was Shivnarine Chanderpaul. He had tested Chanderpaul’s talent and brought him to the Windies team. Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skurt has expressed grief over Holford’s death and said that he will always be remembered for his contribution to Cricket West Indies.