Former England captain and one of the most celebrated commentators in international cricket, Tony Greig passed away today due to heart attack; he was 66.
“Its hiiiiiiigh, what a 6, what a 6, wayyyyyyy over the top, Its on the roooooof, its on the roooooof. They're dancing in the aisles. Saishinnnn Tendulkarr, whadayplayaaaaa!” Cricket will never be the same again after Anthony William Greig (Tony Greig).
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Greig breathed his last in a Sydney hospital after he suffered a heart attack at his home on Saturday. According to the hospital authorities, he was brought in an extremely “critical state”.
The South Africa-born English cricketer was initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, 2012, but more conclusive tests revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung. After Greig’s return to Australia from the World T20 Championships in Sri Lanka, he had fluid removed from the right lung and medical tests done in October revealed he had lung cancer.
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In one of his commentary stint during the Australia-South Africa series in November, Tony Greig mentioned about the disease.
"It's not good. The truth is I've got lung cancer. Now it's a case of what they can do," Greig had said.
Always considered a charismatic figure in and off the field, Tony Greig scored 3,599 runs and picked up 141 wickets. In 22 ODIs that he played, Greig scored 269 runs and managed 19 wickets.
Tony was also part of a controversy when he helped Kerry Packer start the World Series Cricket by signing up many English as well as some West Indian and Pakistani cricketers, eventually costing him England’s captaincy.
ICC chief executive David Richardson expressed his sadness on hearing the sad news.
Mr Richardson said: “This is extremely sad news for cricket and the ICC send their condolences to Tony’s family and in particular his wife Vivian. Tony played a significant part in shaping modern cricket as a player in the 1970s and then provided millions of cricket lovers with a unique insight as a thoughtful and knowledgeable commentator – primarily for the Nine Network in Australia.
R.I.P Tony Greig.
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