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Michael Holding scoffs at Brian Lara’s comments

PTI
Published : Sep 7, 2017, 12:46 am IST
Updated : Sep 7, 2017, 12:46 am IST

“There is a long way to go (before he gets close to Tendulkar’s record) but he is certainly a great batsman,” said Holding. 

Michael Holding
 Michael Holding

New Delhi: Legendary fast bowler Michael Holding on Wednesday dismissed Brian Lara’s criticism of his conduct during West Indies 1980 tour of New Zealand, saying he has “never been interested” in the batting greats opinions.

“I am not interested in whatever Brian Lara says. Never was, never will be,” that was Holdings blunt response when asked to comment on what Lara said against the 63- year-old while delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lords on Monday.

It is well-known that both the West Indies greats, Lara and Holding are not the best of friends. During the MCC lecture, Lara spoke about he was “embarrassed” by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the West Indies in the 80s and 90s. He specifically spoke about an incident that took place during the series against New Zealand in 1980, when Holding kicked the stumps in frustration. Holding also spoke about the much-hyped comparison of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, especially after the latter completed 30 ODI hundreds in the just concluded series against Sri Lanka. “There is a long way to go (before he gets close to Tendulkar’s record) but he is certainly a great batsman,” said Holding. 

Asked if Kohli is a better batsman compared to Tendulkar or vice-versa, the Jamaican added: “Well, I don’t like comparisons.” 

Holding said time will only tell if the current Indian team can win outside the sub-continent. 

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