December 30, 2012

Big friend of a little island

Tony Greig shared a special bond with Sri Lanka, dating back to before their World Cup win
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Two years ago I was travelling with a cricket-illiterate foreign friend through Colombo when a billboard showing a large man with a wide-brimmed hat caught his attention.

"Who is that? I keep seeing him around," he asked, pointing.



"Tony Greig," I replied. "He is a cricket commentator. He's very popular here."

"Just for being a commentator? What about all the other commentators?"



"Well… no," I stuttered, struggling to find the words that would capture the warmth and history of Greig's relationship with the island. "Tony's different," I finally offered. "We love him and he loves us."



For many people, especially in the provinces of Sri Lanka, it is common practice to have the radio on alongside the cricket on television, providing the Sinhala commentary they understand. Often six or seven neighbours sit cloistered together in a small room, in front of one of the few television sets in the village. When Greig's name appears on the bottom of screen, though, someone calls it out. Nothing more needs to be said. The radio is turned down and the TV volume cranked up. Perhaps no one in the room understands Greig, but they feel like they know him. He is an old friend. He has been part of their lives for so long now, and to leave his commentary unheard is like leaving him on the doorstep to wither in the heat.



Sri Lanka's love affair with Greig began during the 1996 World Cup, though he himself had admired its cricketers and their country for some time by then, even consoling the side after Muttiah Muralitharan had been called for chucking on Boxing Day 1995.

Sri Lanka were barely better than minnows in most estimations then. Talented, perhaps, to a point, but far too young and erratic still to make a genuine play for a title as coveted as this. Greig nailed his colours to the mast early in the tournament. "I just love the way these little Sri Lankans play," he declared during one of Sri Lanka's group matches. "I really think they can win this World Cup if they play well."



"These little Sri Lankans" was to become his catchphrase during the tournament, alongside his nickname for Romesh Kaluwitharana - "little Kalu". Perhaps on the lips of any other, those words may have seemed tinged with condescension, but the affection in Greig's voice was unmistakeable. He is remembered as a combative man and cricketer, but he only ever had love for Sri Lanka.

Both in the cricketing universe and elsewhere, Greig believed in Sri Lanka before she even believed in herself

It was fitting that he was on air as Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva took Sri Lanka close to triumph in the final. "These Sri Lankans are giving the Aussies a real hiding," Greig boomed, after Ranatunga hit a Shane Warne full toss over the square-leg rope - a cricketing moment almost every Sri Lankan remembers.

After the winning runs had been hit, Greig dubbed the victory "a little fairytale". "The thing that I like about these guys is that they not only win, but they win in style. It is only a small place, Sri Lanka, and what a moment this is for Sri Lankan people."



Over the years Greig's love for the island grew irresistible, and the nation embraced him as one of their own. Sri Lanka perhaps suffers from a condition that might be termed small-nation syndrome. Locals feel they are perennially overlooked and constantly lumped with neighbours from the north they have little in common with. Greig was Sri Lanka's relentless champion, proclaiming the wonder of her beaches, the sweetness of her seafood, and the hospitality of her people, even while the country was in the grip of an ugly civil war.

In 2010, Greig was made a brand ambassador for tourism in Sri Lanka, but as many noted, it was strange that he was being paid for a job he had been performing with untamable enthusiasm for years. Both in the cricketing universe and elsewhere, Greig believed in Sri Lanka before she even believed in herself.

When he announced his illness in October, Sri Lankans were sympathetic and sincere. A Buddhist blessing ceremony was organised for Greig in Colombo, with Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara in attendance. Greig was overwhelmed with get-well messages from Sri Lanka and he acknowledged their support with a heartfelt message of his own.



"You've no idea what it means to me," he said, "to have received the support that I have from so many Sri Lankans in so many different ways. It's a very special feeling in the heart of someone that there is a nation of cricket-lovers like the Sri Lankans, who care about an individual like myself."

The news of his death shocked almost everyone, and the outpouring of grief from Sri Lanka has been immense. Greig had many friends in the country, and countless men in high places have had his company, though he had always taken care to remain unbiased and apolitical. In many ways, he chose to see the best of Sri Lanka and to ignore, at least outwardly, her less praiseworthy traits.



Sri Lanka is now a more united country than it was during much of Greig's commentary career, and it will be united now in acknowledging the loss of a favourite adopted son. Farewell, Tony, and may the earth give you peace. Beloved of Sri Lanka, big friend of our little island.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • ajithabey on December 31, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Tony Greig is one of the finest personalities I have met during his tours to Sri Lanka.He was intrumental in promoting Sri Lanka as a tourist destination when he took his helicopter rides to the venues around Sri Lanka.I once met him at Thilanga Sumathipala's home where he hosted the illustrious Sunil Gavaskar ,Tony and other cricketing personalities to dinner.He was so fond of sea food especially crabs and indulged in regularly where he said that he wants to sweat from his brow.Sweat he did but thoroughly enjoying himself.His commentaries and knowledge of the game was par excellence.Your memories and spirit will live with us forever.Cricket has lost another great ambassador.Tony,may you rest in Peace and may the turf lie lightly on you.

  • Sageleaf on December 30, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Andrew it's beautiful…"Both in the cricketing universe and elsewhere, Greig believed in Sri Lanka before she even believed in herself". It's really shocking news to me. I met him at the "Serendib Lounge" at Colombo Airport in October when he was flying back to England. Just recalled the days when he captain England vs. Sri Lanka in 1979. The 1996 world cup winning Sri Lankan cricket team had an extra player/supporter, he was Tony Greig. His demise brought tears to me but we will never forget you. Sri Lankans loved you more than anyone else in the world. You were a great player, wonderful ambassador and a true friend all of us. Love you Tony and may God Bless You!

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Thank you Sir for being embodying the true Sri Lankan spirit more than many who were born and bred on this island. Your fearless stance in standing for what's right regardless of whether those defended were mighty or otherwise, you taking on the mighty mafia at the Cowdrey speech (when most in power run with tails between their legs), are attributes we Sri Lankans aspire to. It's sad to think we won't here about the sweet Sri Lankan pineapples on air anymore.

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Tong Grieg will never be forgotten in the history books of Srilankan cricket.. He is the man who made our cricket proud and well heard all around the cricketing world.. He truly loved everything in Srilanka perhaps even more than the Srilankans.. No one has ever spoken so much of our pine-apples, crabs and the pinch hitting batsman as much as Tony did..

  • on January 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    May you rest in Peace Tony. True friend of Srilanka.

  • anver777 on January 1, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    No doubt great Greg's style of commentaries will be missed by all cricket lovers....... like mentioned here he was a very special person with a very special touch for SL cricket !!!! R.I.P

  • CricketPissek on December 31, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Thank you Andrew. The same way that until you came along, Crcinfo didn't really have a voice for Sri Lanka, until very recently with Russel Arnold and the hopless Ranjith Fernando, the commentary box didn't really have a voice for Sri Lanka either. TONY gave Sri Lanka a voice in the box when the broadcasters didn't feel an authentic Lankan voice was not worthy. The other commentators didn't even bother learning how to pronounce the Lankan players' names! Tony not told the world about 'the pockeet dynamo, Little Kalu' and the 'master blaster Jayasuriya', but also spoke of Sri Lanka's sweet pineapples, the Galle fortress, the hills of Kandy and described it as a true paradise island. I'm not the only Sri Lankan fan whose facebook status was messages of utter sadness and condolences when the news came out. There is a massive voice even right now, during the Sri Lanka v Australia series. Even when SL lost in 2.5 days, Tony would have given us hope about the next series. #RIP

  • mark2011 on December 31, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    There will be a void in commentary box, specially when it comes to SL criket matches... without his voice...it's really sad we all missed him so early...

    As nation known to be its hospitality and greatfulness, it is better to name Pallekelle criket ground for his name as another mate mentioned below. So it will be a good monument to all commentators as well to this great personality.

  • 6pack on December 31, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    When I started watching cricket in the 80's as a young lad.. I remember first hearing and seeing Tony at the Benson & Hedges World Series in Australia. Since then his voice and stature have become such hallmarks of watching cricket. Words came naturally and with such pleasing language that it will be hard to replace such a great voice. Thanks for the memories Tony!

  • denwarlo70 on December 31, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I fail for words. I was driving that Saturday afternoon when the news were read over the radio. My leg automatically jammed on the breaks and the car came to a roaring stop in the middle of the Colombo/Piliyandala road. I pulled over, waited there for about ten minutes trying to grasp what was heard over the radio, in total disbelief I drove away to my destination, tears, heavy heart and what not. We Loved you Tony and we will still love you and we will miss you so much but your memories wll linger in our hearts forever. rest in peace Mr. Anthony William Greig fondly known as Tony Greig. Boodbye big friend of a little Island.

  • ajithabey on December 31, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Tony Greig is one of the finest personalities I have met during his tours to Sri Lanka.He was intrumental in promoting Sri Lanka as a tourist destination when he took his helicopter rides to the venues around Sri Lanka.I once met him at Thilanga Sumathipala's home where he hosted the illustrious Sunil Gavaskar ,Tony and other cricketing personalities to dinner.He was so fond of sea food especially crabs and indulged in regularly where he said that he wants to sweat from his brow.Sweat he did but thoroughly enjoying himself.His commentaries and knowledge of the game was par excellence.Your memories and spirit will live with us forever.Cricket has lost another great ambassador.Tony,may you rest in Peace and may the turf lie lightly on you.

  • Sageleaf on December 30, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Andrew it's beautiful…"Both in the cricketing universe and elsewhere, Greig believed in Sri Lanka before she even believed in herself". It's really shocking news to me. I met him at the "Serendib Lounge" at Colombo Airport in October when he was flying back to England. Just recalled the days when he captain England vs. Sri Lanka in 1979. The 1996 world cup winning Sri Lankan cricket team had an extra player/supporter, he was Tony Greig. His demise brought tears to me but we will never forget you. Sri Lankans loved you more than anyone else in the world. You were a great player, wonderful ambassador and a true friend all of us. Love you Tony and may God Bless You!

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Thank you Sir for being embodying the true Sri Lankan spirit more than many who were born and bred on this island. Your fearless stance in standing for what's right regardless of whether those defended were mighty or otherwise, you taking on the mighty mafia at the Cowdrey speech (when most in power run with tails between their legs), are attributes we Sri Lankans aspire to. It's sad to think we won't here about the sweet Sri Lankan pineapples on air anymore.

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Tong Grieg will never be forgotten in the history books of Srilankan cricket.. He is the man who made our cricket proud and well heard all around the cricketing world.. He truly loved everything in Srilanka perhaps even more than the Srilankans.. No one has ever spoken so much of our pine-apples, crabs and the pinch hitting batsman as much as Tony did..

  • on January 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    May you rest in Peace Tony. True friend of Srilanka.

  • anver777 on January 1, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    No doubt great Greg's style of commentaries will be missed by all cricket lovers....... like mentioned here he was a very special person with a very special touch for SL cricket !!!! R.I.P

  • CricketPissek on December 31, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Thank you Andrew. The same way that until you came along, Crcinfo didn't really have a voice for Sri Lanka, until very recently with Russel Arnold and the hopless Ranjith Fernando, the commentary box didn't really have a voice for Sri Lanka either. TONY gave Sri Lanka a voice in the box when the broadcasters didn't feel an authentic Lankan voice was not worthy. The other commentators didn't even bother learning how to pronounce the Lankan players' names! Tony not told the world about 'the pockeet dynamo, Little Kalu' and the 'master blaster Jayasuriya', but also spoke of Sri Lanka's sweet pineapples, the Galle fortress, the hills of Kandy and described it as a true paradise island. I'm not the only Sri Lankan fan whose facebook status was messages of utter sadness and condolences when the news came out. There is a massive voice even right now, during the Sri Lanka v Australia series. Even when SL lost in 2.5 days, Tony would have given us hope about the next series. #RIP

  • mark2011 on December 31, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    There will be a void in commentary box, specially when it comes to SL criket matches... without his voice...it's really sad we all missed him so early...

    As nation known to be its hospitality and greatfulness, it is better to name Pallekelle criket ground for his name as another mate mentioned below. So it will be a good monument to all commentators as well to this great personality.

  • 6pack on December 31, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    When I started watching cricket in the 80's as a young lad.. I remember first hearing and seeing Tony at the Benson & Hedges World Series in Australia. Since then his voice and stature have become such hallmarks of watching cricket. Words came naturally and with such pleasing language that it will be hard to replace such a great voice. Thanks for the memories Tony!

  • denwarlo70 on December 31, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I fail for words. I was driving that Saturday afternoon when the news were read over the radio. My leg automatically jammed on the breaks and the car came to a roaring stop in the middle of the Colombo/Piliyandala road. I pulled over, waited there for about ten minutes trying to grasp what was heard over the radio, in total disbelief I drove away to my destination, tears, heavy heart and what not. We Loved you Tony and we will still love you and we will miss you so much but your memories wll linger in our hearts forever. rest in peace Mr. Anthony William Greig fondly known as Tony Greig. Boodbye big friend of a little Island.

  • on December 31, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    RIP Tony Greg..... You not great,,,, Word Great is under estimate for you.

  • miss-u-chathu on December 31, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Dear Tony, you was a silver arrow when others criticising SL as country and team, we will always miss you not only as a commentator, as true friend who loved SL

  • on December 31, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    May to attain Nibbana Tony Greig. Words fail me.

  • Psychopathetikka on December 31, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    He should have been given an honorary citizenship of Sri Lanka for the things that he's done for the country. R.I.P Sir!

  • on December 31, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Born in South Africa,Played for England ,Lived in Australia & Loved Sri Lanka. RIP Mr.Tony Greig.You will be missed.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 31, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @ca2ca : I totally agree with you. We need to do something to keep the memories of our most beloved person, Tony. I think it's a good way to do that. I don't know how many times I read this article, and all the times, I cried, I cried a lot... ? "A little fairy tale", Tony, you don't know how much those words mean to us... We miss you... As I said earlier, all the beautiful minded people, leave us so early... We must do something to at least keep his memories... Anyway, those words of his, will remain until we die in our hearts, and will never be forgotten... Thank you... Rest in peace...

  • on December 31, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    This is a superbly written article, thank you Andrew. One of the greatest personalities I have seen in Cricket. Tony, you are so special to us as Sri Lankans! Bless you forever!

  • Jeyan_Sinthu on December 31, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    It's a very sensational article Andrew. I'm honest with u, my eyes were dropping some tears when I was reading. Definitely we all Sri Lankans lost our big friend. We all miss u so much Tony. But, you are living in our hearts forever. RIP...!!

  • on December 31, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    Dear ca2ca, you are correct, SL cricket pls. consider this proposal. Good bye dear Tony.

  • on December 31, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    This is so well written, my eyes were filled with tears by the end.. It is indeed a very emotional piece, and I regret not having taken a picture with Tony the last time i sat next to him in July this year.

  • on December 31, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Tony - the voice of Sri Lanka cricket, without a doubt. His voice still rings in our ears, the way he pronounces, the tone and the excitement in his voice. This is truly a tragedy - but thankfully he knew how much, as a country Sri Lanka loved him. It wouldn't be a bad idea to at least make some memorial in honor of a true friend.

  • on December 31, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    He may have well played for Lanka . That is how much he was loved . Rest In Peace Tony

  • Sinhabahu on December 31, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    I don't know what to say. I was stunned when I heard the news and couldn't stop the tears. Reading the tributes on Cricinfo only makes me cry more. May you attain Nibbana, dearest Tony :'(

  • on December 31, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    He is LEGEND,May you attain 'Nirvana'!RIP Tony.

  • MH19 on December 31, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Great article written by Andrew describing Tony and his lovely words and Tony was well known and respected by all Sri Lankans from the city to the village and even famous Countryman was not known by all sri lankans and this explains how popular tony was.It is good to see pepole in SL offered blessings during these tough times tony went through and you will be always remembered & missed by all Sri Lankans where ever the place they are in.May the tripple gem bless you always tony.

  • RajasH on December 30, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    I will miss his pineapple moments. when he says that pineapples in sri lanka are sweet and juicy forget the state of sri lankan cricket.....

  • on December 30, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Beautifully put Andrew Fernando - to Australians he became one of us the day he dropped his hotel room key into the pitch at the WACA and the mirth that ensued. It's a tribute to the man that so many countries regarding him as one of their own. Sri Lanka in particular and Cricket has lost a great and intelligent voice. Rest in Peace Tony.

  • on December 30, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Andrew, This is so so so beautifully written. Had a lump in my throat reading and finally tears. He should have lived. At least he knew how much he was loved. That's a great thing.

  • Palitha-Ferdinands on December 30, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    After the winning runs had been hit, Greig dubbed the victory "a little fairytale". "The thing that I like about these guys is that they not only win, but they win in style. It is only a small place, Sri Lanka, and what a moment this is for Sri Lankan people."

 Thank you. RIP sir. We will always remember you.

  • on December 30, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Tony, Rest in Peace. We mourned your untimely departure. Ever since we heard your sickness, we were concerned and felt really sorry. All good men leave early.

  • on December 30, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    He should be made a knight.

  • on December 30, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    great lose for sri lanka. we will miss him. Respect for great man who was part of changing the one day cricket in whole . we sri lankan are going to missing him ....

  • DilumSL on December 30, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    well written Andrew. couldn't read it without wetting my eyes. Sri Lanka may forget their cricketers, their international umpires and their commentators. they may forget all about cricket but your name will never forget. The way you lifted these little Sri Lankans are amazing sir. Rest in Peace

  • on December 30, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    rest in peace tony we miss u!

  • ca2ca on December 30, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Name Pallekele cricket ground as " TONY GREIG STADIUM" It will be a lasting salute and an acknowlegement to a great friend of Sri Lanka cricket.

  • on December 30, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    We Sri Lankans going to miss him a lot :(

  • on December 30, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    A very good tribute to a very good man , Andrew! When I was heard about Tony passing away through a friends FB status, I refused to believe it.. But slowly as the news mand stuff on tv started to show this great man tribute , I had to accept the fact that he is no more. Watching a cricket game on tv will never ever be the same again. !

  • on December 30, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    His final tweet... Tony Greig @greigtalks Not sure Clarke will play but in he and Mahela we have as captains two of the finest gents/strokemakers I have had the privilege to meet.

  • on December 30, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    I was shocked when i see this shocking news Saturday morning.I'am watching cricket from mid90's (from childhood) as Andrew says we used to watch cricket from tv and listen sinhala commentary on radio but when Tony appears on tv we switched off radio even we coundnt understand english we can understand Tony's cricket english and its always nice to hear.when i was watching recent sl vs aus series feel like something missing that is the tony's voice in commentary box (sri lankan voice in commentary box) but so sadly we will miss his voice forever.we feel like we missed our voice in international commentary box. Dear Tony Greig may you Rest in Peace ur beloved sri lankans fans will never forget ur voice.

  • on December 30, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    I cannot explain what I felt when I heard that Tony Greig is no more, It's a blessing to have such personalities as friends. RIP Tony Greig.. We Love You...

  • dandil on December 30, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    True gentleman with genuine personality.really miss u sir.RIP.

  • on December 30, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Top work andrew.RIP tony.Most loved Foreigner of almost every Sri Lankans heart..

  • janoodot on December 30, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @Siva Teja, I also remember that incident buddy. U r correct.

    RIP Sir Tony Greig !!! The true legend!!!

  • shihan12 on December 30, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Nice article Andrew. Tears all over my eyes. Cant believe he gone forever. RIP sir.

  • KingOwl on December 30, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Tony was an exceptional personality. Strong, combative and having exceptional opinions. I think that was part of and consistent with his closeness to Sri Lanka. Larger than life figure, not to say, larger than life frame. We Sri Lankans truly admired him and we consider his death our loss. May he rest in peace!

  • on December 30, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Very devastating :( Sri Lanka cricket will get worse. They had the support of Tony but now they will have to put in some extra effort to capture the world's attention!

  • apsari on December 30, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Sometimes u receive real bad news and hope it's a bad dream from which u r gonna wake up very soon. Yes, that's what it was, a shocker. Only it was no dream. Tony Greig the larger than life personality, commentator par excellence was no more. How could this be? Exceptionally talented people like him should go on forever, bringing unbridled joy & cheer to millions across the globe through the sheer weight of his rich & passionate voice behind the microphone. I've seen & heard him only on T.V. But I feel as though I've lost a dear friend whose void cannot be filled that easily. I had to use every inch of my resolve to stop the tears from showing on hearing the sad news. I believe most Sri lankans and many more of his fans across the world are feeling the way I do. So farewell our cricketing prince. Although u are no more, your memories and your beloved voice will continue to reverberate deep within me for time to come. May your soul rest in peace with the Lord.

  • late--cut on December 30, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    He was the Sri lanka's favorite adopted son. I never understood why he loved this lil Island so much . But this island nation felt his love very much. And the whole nation loved him back as he was one of their own. You'll be dearly missed Tony. You may find eternal peace. May triple gem bless you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • roshdbest on December 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    R.I.P Tony Greig,The foreigner most loved by Sri Lankan public.

  • mcsdl on December 30, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    "You've no idea what it means to me," he said, "to have received the support that I have from so many Sri Lankans in so many different ways. It's a very special feeling in the heart of someone that there is a nation of cricket-lovers like the Sri Lankans, who care about an individual like myself." enough said

  • naveen1122 on December 30, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    The second thing that he loved about Sri Lanka was the juicy pineapples and the cameras were always finding the pineapple sellers every time Tony was coming to the commentary. I remember once they had put him on the local commentary team as well during the English commentary that took place till the early 2000s in addition to the international edition.

  • on December 30, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Really Tony is a good ambassdor for Sri Lanka in terms of epitomizing and getting glory of this tiny island. Srilanks loved him very much than they loved their cricket. In fact every one of us understood the great country's glory through Tony only. Though I am in Indian I always like Sri Lanka because of its heritage and culture and the renderance of happiness through their companionship. Tony Sir, you brought glory not only to Sri lanka but to the entire world. Born in SA, career in England, Settled in Australia, Passinnate about Sri Lanka and may your soul rest in peace for ever Sir. Good Bye.

  • on December 30, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    "In many ways, he chose to see the best of Sri Lanka and to ignore, at least outwardly, her less praiseworthy traits" - Very well said Andrew! Having lived in South Africa, England and Australia, I think he understood that all countries have issues and skeletons in their closet. He knew it wasn't his place to lecture - this sets him class above the likes of Roebuck.

  • on December 30, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    as srilankans we are deeply saddened about the sudden demise of the most loved commentator.His voice will always be missed and his words still rings in my ears "little kalu", "what a magnificent shot " and "these srilankans".

    His support during the 1996 world cup will never be forgotten.

  • on December 30, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    honestly hart warming !! great article to appreciate a great human !! RIP sir ...

  • on December 30, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Sri Lanka will never forget Tony Greig !! RIP

  • Viraj_Hewage on December 30, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    I hope he will be born again a Sri Lankan.

  • ShannonEbert on December 30, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    I cannot imagine Cricket without Tony Greig, his brand of commentating was not only entertaining but honest..I have grown up enjoying this game even more due to this gentleman's passionate words and support for our tiny little nation. I am still in shock and I sincerely pass on my Condolences to his family. We have lost a great man and personality which would be hard to replace. Rest in peace Sir...you will always be in our thoughts.

  • on December 30, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    RIP Tony, the best loved Englishman of Sri Lanka

  • on December 30, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan....I love him more than Cricket....! We miss you Great man.....

  • Ramansilva on December 30, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    This article brought tears to my eyes. I never cried for anybody other than my parents and in-laws until today. I realized how much we Sri Lankans loved Tony as one of our family members. How amazing just one warm person can bridge cultures and minds.

  • on December 30, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    he was sri lankan for all of us.........his voice will be in our hearts forever...i grew up listening to his commentary.....and as all of us will badly miss him......Rest in peace sir....

  • on December 30, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Remember an ODI match in Premadasa between Sri lanka and Pakistan in early part of 2012, Tony was at Commentary box and he observed two children playing with Vuvuzela's ,blasting them into each others ear's. Taking the opportunity,for the next 15 minutes, Tony addressed about the negative impact Vuvuzela is having on the crowd . Only by noticing his comments, The authorities of premadasa banned use of vuvuzela's in premadasa from the next match. This is the example of what he can do only being a commentator.....RIP Tony

  • on December 30, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    At the close of 2012 Sri Lanka's cricket gloom is all but complete.Greig is remembered on perhaps his first visit to Sri Lanka with Joe Lister's team when he was 12th man carrying drinks at Peradeniya University gounds.

  • Mayan. on December 30, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    what can i say, we just love him soo much, we gonna miss him but im sure tom moody will take his place, he is the next tony,

  • ca2ca on December 30, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Who can forget the words "What a magnificent shot" !!! Sri Lanka lost a good friend and cricket fan a " Magnificent Man"

  • ganeshwaki on December 30, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Sri Lankans got addicted to cricket because of this great voice....We were shocked by the death of great gentlemen..........Actually brought tears for the eyes....Your great personality and the voice will be remembered by all the Sri Lankans.....Hope you will be born in Sri Lanka next time.............R.I.P sir.......

  • Prabhash1985 on December 30, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I honestly cried reading this article...

  • Prabhash1985 on December 30, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    I was shocked to hear his departure. A big heart, a great gentleman. I always remembered him during cricket matches. Sri Lankans won the world cup in 1996. We loved his commentary as much as the fact that we won the world cup. He became a "Sri Lankan" to us. Every time he did the commentary, he made it unbiased. He loved to see underdogs like us, Bangladesh perform well. And he appreciated competitive fight backs with such an enthusiasm, which made us enjoy every second of the game, even appreciate and enjoy opponents. We miss our hero, that great man. Very sad. Why life is so cruel at us...! All good people die early... We miss you, sir.

  • on December 30, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    RIP Greigy. You were one of the best of your era (though often unsung) -- as a great commentator. We all Sri Lankans will miss you, and so will millions all over the world.

  • on December 30, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    RIP Greigy. You were one of the best of your era (though often unsung) -- as a great commentator. We all Sri Lankans will miss you, and so will millions all over the world.

  • on December 30, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    sri lankan loves u soo much. u are in our hearts.R I P SIR, TONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Muralibomb on December 30, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    I'm Sri Lankan and I agree that Tony Greig is a fabulous person. His pitch reports are great. Tony would always stick up for us Sri Lanka.

  • on December 30, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Nothing would hurt the Sri Lankans more than the loss of this 'gentle giant', as referred to him in the novel Chinaman.Farewell Tony!!!Thank you for your support and your belief in the abilities of our nation.Goodbye.

  • on December 30, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    "We love him and he loves us." :( will miss you our dear friends :( , world cricket will miss you more .

  • amilag on December 30, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    I feel so sad. My favorite commentator and I would not miss out any of his words in listening to his commentary. We miss you! RIP Tony!

  • amilag on December 30, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    I feel so sad. My favorite commentator and I would not miss out any of his words in listening to his commentary. We miss you! RIP Tony!

  • on December 30, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    "We love him and he loves us." :( will miss you our dear friends :( , world cricket will miss you more .

  • on December 30, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Nothing would hurt the Sri Lankans more than the loss of this 'gentle giant', as referred to him in the novel Chinaman.Farewell Tony!!!Thank you for your support and your belief in the abilities of our nation.Goodbye.

  • Muralibomb on December 30, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    I'm Sri Lankan and I agree that Tony Greig is a fabulous person. His pitch reports are great. Tony would always stick up for us Sri Lanka.

  • on December 30, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    sri lankan loves u soo much. u are in our hearts.R I P SIR, TONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 30, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    RIP Greigy. You were one of the best of your era (though often unsung) -- as a great commentator. We all Sri Lankans will miss you, and so will millions all over the world.

  • on December 30, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    RIP Greigy. You were one of the best of your era (though often unsung) -- as a great commentator. We all Sri Lankans will miss you, and so will millions all over the world.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 30, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    I was shocked to hear his departure. A big heart, a great gentleman. I always remembered him during cricket matches. Sri Lankans won the world cup in 1996. We loved his commentary as much as the fact that we won the world cup. He became a "Sri Lankan" to us. Every time he did the commentary, he made it unbiased. He loved to see underdogs like us, Bangladesh perform well. And he appreciated competitive fight backs with such an enthusiasm, which made us enjoy every second of the game, even appreciate and enjoy opponents. We miss our hero, that great man. Very sad. Why life is so cruel at us...! All good people die early... We miss you, sir.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 30, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I honestly cried reading this article...

  • ganeshwaki on December 30, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Sri Lankans got addicted to cricket because of this great voice....We were shocked by the death of great gentlemen..........Actually brought tears for the eyes....Your great personality and the voice will be remembered by all the Sri Lankans.....Hope you will be born in Sri Lanka next time.............R.I.P sir.......