Tributes to Tony Greig

'Stirred viewers the way he did opposition teams'

Tributes to Tony Greig, who died in Sydney at the age of 66

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 29, 2012

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Tony Greig led the Rest of the World side in the World Series Cricket matches
Tony Greig: allrounder, England captain, a champion of World Series cricket and well-known commentator Adrian Murrell/Allsport / © Getty Images

"Tony was a tough opponent who took on all opposition with aggression and a determination to win. He had a take-no-prisoners attitude which helped him lead England with flair and toughness. He was a genuine allrounder who in turn was an integral part of World Series Cricket's success. Once his playing days were over Tony offered an insightful commentary. We will not forget the way he stirred the viewers in a similar vein to the way he did to opposition teams. He will be sadly missed."
Dennis Lillee, former Australia fast bowler.

"I was only speaking with Tony a couple of days ago so news of his passing is absolutely devastating. Tony has a long and decorated history with international cricket both as a player and commentator and cricket will be much poorer for his loss. Personally, he has also been a great mentor for me, providing great advice through the good times and the bad."
Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, in The Age.

"Tony was a very willing opponent on the field, but was equally willing as a friend off the field. He made himself into a successful Test cricketer and Test captain by that willingness to take the game up to his opponent whether with bat or ball. He was also one of the best slip catchers of all time. I got to know Tony well during the World Series period and have worked with Tony many times since as a commentator. His enthusiasm for the game and his combative nature came to the fore in this role as well and while he was always happy to stir the Australian audiences, behind the scenes he loved this country as much as we do. My memories of Tony are of his gregariousness and his generosity of nature."
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell on the Cricket Australia website.

"I don't know as a player whether he was an icon. I think in some ways he'll be remembered more for his commentary in Australia. I don't think that is a bad thing to say about him because he was very special as a commentator. He got the place alive and working, that Channel 9 commentary box. He loved the game and he served the game very well."
Former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh on ABC.

"It's a deeply upsetting time for his family and for everyone associated with Tony at Nine, and indeed for many, many others who came to know and love the man. He's not only been part of our family, but he's had a seat at the head of the table."
Channel Nine chief executive David Gyngell.

"He was a combative on-field rival of Australian cricket but became one of Australian cricket's firmest friends, with his long-running role as a Channel Nine commentator making him an Australian household name."
Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards.

"Tony did so much for the game of cricket & always stood up for what he believed in & had the game of cricket at heart, we will all miss him."
Shane Warne, the former Australia legspinner, on Twitter

"As a superb all-rounder, ambitious national captain and authoritative commentator over the best part of half a century, Greig's standing in the game is matched by very few others. Australia has lost one of the iconic voices of sport."Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister

"Vale Tony Greig, a good man, a strong man, a trailblazer, a crash-hat wearer. Pitch reporters have lost their patron ..summer is poorer."
Kerry O'Keeffe, former Australian cricketer and commentator on Twitter.

"Tony Greig will forever be in our commentary box. RIP Tony. It was a privilege to play against you and to work with you."
Alan Wilkins, former Glamorgan player and commentator, on Twitter.

"Awfully sad news with Tony Greig's passing. A significant contributor to players' rights worldwide and never afraid to speak his mind."
Paul Marsh, Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive, on Twitter.

"There isn't a single professional cricketer playing today who does not owe him a debt of gratitude for the role he played in the 1970s in vastly improving their working conditions and making professional cricket a viable and attractive career proposition."
Jacques Faul, the Cricket South Africa acting CEO

"He was a giant of a man who played a major role in the changing face of cricket during the 1970s. He will be fondly remembered for his informed commentaries, his embracing of innovation to enhance the game including day/night cricket as well as his performances on the field of play."
David Collier, the ECB chief executive.

"Tony will long be remembered as someone who gave so much to cricket in this country and in particular to the development of the sport in this State. As someone who resided in Sydney and was an outstanding cricketer with the Waverley Cricket Club, Tony was actively involved in the promotion of cricket at junior level, particularly through his close relationship with the Scots College. He was forthright and passionate about the game and always thinking about how it could move forwards and develop."
Cricket NSW chairman Harry Harinath.

"Can't believe one of my heroes Tony Greig has passed away. One of the greatest voices in cricket and will be sorely missed."
Matt Prior, England wicketkeeper, on Twitter.

"His cricketing talents were combined with a fierce competitive nature and, as such, his personality was imprinted on any team he represented. I consider myself very fortunate to have played in the same Sussex team as Tony, and saw first-hand his resolute love of cricket."
Mike Griffith, President of the MCC.

"RIP Tony Greig. You have left a great footprint on the world of cricket. My condolences to the Greig family."
Brian Lara, former West Indies captain, on Twitter.

"Saddened to hear the passing away of Tony Greig, RIP. Great commentator, mentor, player & friend will be missed by the cricketing family."
Tom Moody, former Australia allrounder, coach and commentator on Twitter.

"RIP Tony Greig. So many memories. So much to thank him for, for where the modern game is, along with many of his mates @ the time."
Graham Manou, former Australia wicketkeeper, on Twitter.

"RIP Tony Greig. Mentor and friend. We will miss you, a genuine friend and admirer of SL cricket. It was indeed a pleasure to have known you!"
Russell Arnold, former Sri Lanka batsman and commentator, on Twitter.

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Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

Summer will never be the same without Tony, we will miss your commentery and pitch report.A fabulous cricket commentator and a wonderful human being gone forever. May God rest you in peace, our prayers are with your family. Ejaz Ahmed and family from Melbourne

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

Rest In peace. Your voice will still ring in the ears of every Sri Lankan cricket fan. As a generation we are blessed to have been able to listen to your commentary.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

Oh Tony, as a keen cricket fan we could never forget you, you will alway live in our hearts, words are never enough to tribute you as a sports Icon and as a human, you was hero of millions and millions of people around the world. Behalf of all Pakistanies we give our condolences to his family and friends. Mohammad Naeem Raza, Sydney

Posted by AbhishekBanerjeePwC on (December 30, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

"whataplayaaa" is you patented catchphrase sir for Sachin Tendulkar, but now I think U also match a similar what a a person

Posted by vaid on (December 30, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

"What a player" his voice boomed speaking of Sachin in that iconic match at sharjah and all of us were infected by his energy and felt happy n out of the world.. will miss ur enthusiasm as a commentator in the box. God bless and R.I.P Mr Greig

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 30, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

I sadly never saw Tony Greig playing but I like others have heard him over the years. The best thing about Tony Greig was that he was courageous as a player as well as commentator. He never bowed to pressures and was not on any particular board's payroll. His comments during his MCC lecture were fentastic. I quote him 'We can huff and puff and have all sorts of external reports but many of the problems with ICC can be resolved by India accepting that the spirit of cricket is more important than generating billions of dollars and turning out multi-millionaire players and didn't try and influence its allies in how to vote". This shows integrity and charcter of the man. Very rare soul!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

What a one can say it better .Will miss Tony Greig

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

Tony Greig, a true class act: Rest In Peace, Sir! From a Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Tributes from all parts of world from players friends fansshows how popular he was as a palyer and more as a commentator. RIP Tony Venkat Iyengar

Posted by CRIC89 on (December 29, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

R.I.P Tony Greig. A genuine personalty of the cricket history and a great gentleman of our times, we loved you and will miss your magical voice. Your lively and entertaining commentaries will never be forgotten.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

oh man! was really looking forward to see him in the commentary booth soon. such is life.always enjoy his commentary.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

RIP to tony greig. he is one of very best supporter for sri lankan cricket.we missed tony..................

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

We will be greatly missed as a cricket ambassador specially sri lanka . Not only promoting cricket but also promoting tourism , historical places , ancient heritage seance beauties what srilanka having.My deepest Sympathies to his wife and children.

Posted by JohnKJ on (December 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

A true professional and a person who had the courage to say and stand by what he thought was right. He had no bias or prejudice when it comes to giving credit where it is due or making a constructive criticism. He was a captivating commentator from whom most of the current-day commentators can learn from. Cricket is certainly better because of you. It is said that good die first. We shall miss you dearly.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

majestic voice, open minded person

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

R.I.P. Sir Tony Greig.With your passing , we loss A great figure and nice gentleman in world cricket history. you will be in all cricket loving hearts till our deaths.

Posted by thegaffoor on (December 29, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Not only the Sri Lankans, but also the Sri Lankan pineapples going to miss you.. :-'( RIP Tony Greig

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

After 50 years of repetition by others, Tony invented a new description of a batsman, when he described Sachin's batting against the Aussies at Sharjah, "That is God, that is God batting!" Well, when Tony spoke, that was God speaking. And Tony, you did make them grovel!

Posted by Lahori92 on (December 29, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

you have left us all to mourn your passing so suddenly, you will be greatly missed as commentator. You will not be replaced in that commentary box that you immortalised.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

I was fortunate to watch him play for and captain England in the 70s.I am sadened by the passing of Tony.He brought some light hearted banter in the TV commentary box which made watching test cricket on TV in particular more interesting.Summer in Australia will not be the same without you Tony. Thank you for the memories My deepest sympathies to his wife and children.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Cant believe it, uncle Tony.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

RIP Tony, the cricketing world has really become poorer with the loss of Tony Greig.

Posted by HotSpotInventor on (December 29, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Very sad to hear the news about Tony today. Not many people know this, but without the great interest and support of Tony Greig in regard to new technology for Cricket, I would never have had the confidence to take the plunge in developing the Hot Spot project. Tony was by far the most interested person in Cricket technology that I have met. I cannot express my thanks sincerely enough for the support of Tony Greig. Regards Warren Brennan

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

"These Sri Lankans are giving the Aussies a real hiding" Every Sri Lankan who watched the '96 WC Final will remember that sentence for years to come. RIP Sir!

Posted by sheku125 on (December 29, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

R I P Tony. I still remember the two test matches I witnessed at Chepauk in 1973 series and 1977-78 series, one England lost and the second England won. The win was mostly due to Tony's captaincy and planning he made for the tour of India. Since, you started your career as Commentator I started loving you more as you were vocal in supporting the Asian teams, more particularly our neighbor, Sri Lanka. Miss you Tony.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

If SACHIN was the guy becaause of whom we watched cricket, TONY CREIG was the reason why we LISTENED commentatory........while. Sachin retired from ODI, tony retired from life today... R.I.P TONY....... Thnks for "whadda player" "hit it high in the air" " he is a genius" " This is gonna be caught, surely caught " kinndaaa memories....

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Rest in Peace Tony..I will miss your magical voice..I have started loving cricket more after listening ur entertaining commentary ...Thanks for the memory..:-)

Posted by nickcarter80 on (December 29, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

He is the Bradman of cricket commentary. We will miss you Tony; and no one will be able to fill the vacuum he left. Rest in peace dear sir.

Posted by mashmish on (December 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Sri Lankan Cricket will not be the same without you Tony! There are no words to describe how sorry we are. May God Bless your soul...

Posted by Avinash_Sadana on (December 29, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Many people like me would have started watching cricket just to hear the commentary from Tony, I cannot control my tears on reading this ... the great man will never be forgotten he will live as long as cricket ... but who will I listen to now while watching cricket

Posted by COOLANKA on (December 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

we always loved you Tony Greig and we are feeling very sorry for your passed away, we lost great crickerter and wonderful voice....RIP

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

i am saddened beyond comprehension. tony greig was cricket.

nothing captured the essence of exciting cricket more than tony greig's commentary.

he'll be missed deeply..may he rest in peace..

i'm really really saddened.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

He was a very competitive player and a commentator who gave new dimensions to cricket commentary

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

RIP Tony. I liked you for your great personality and your cricket from my childhood. Thanks a million for entertaining all of us. May God Bless your departed soul.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

RIP Tony, we will miss you!! You redefined commentary!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Loved watching AW Grieg against the Aussies in 1975. He was a real thorn in our side, and had the crowds baying for blood when he signaled his own boundaries, or bowling bouncers at DK. An absolute champion. RIP.

Posted by bharath74 on (December 29, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

We are going to miss Tony Grreg, a legendary commentator and a great cricketer. RIP SIR.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

I wasn't even born when he retired, but I grew up listening to his voice and I feel empty knowing his awesomely excitable voice that gave life to every cricket game will be heard no more. R.I.P. Tony, you would be sorely missed :'(!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Will Miss His Voice......RIP Sir.

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