On 29th December 2012, Tony Greig passed away after suffering from a heart attack. He was also undergoing treatment for Lung cancer during that period.
The month of December 2012 hasn’t been a good month for Cricket fans. First, Ricky Ponting retired from Tests, and then Sachin retired from ODIs. But the most bad news was the death of Tony Greig. I love his style of commentary and his great voice. I felt so bad when I heard of his death. In fact, I was a bit unhappy that he didn’t commentate during India’s matches in the last few years. I read somewhere that he had settled down in Australia, but we still couldn’t hear his voice during the last India’s tour of Australia (2011-2012) even though he was still actively doing commentary for a lot of Australia matches. I was so angry that I even sent a mail to STAR sports demanding an explanation.
But now it’s all over. We cannot hear his great voice again. What a great loss!
To quote some of his lines which I remember –
‘In the air…this could be caught…’ – Who could forget this famous line from the 2003 world cup.
‘Bret Lee to Tendulkar. Solidly played. Solidly down the ground..and solidly four runs! Unbelievable! What looked like a forward front-foot defence has gone for four!
…and his voice ringing all over Sharjah when Sachin went berserk…. We will miss you Tony.
Thank you very much for all the sweet memories.
Tony Greig (1946 – 2012)
The following post on Sachin Tendulkar by one of his fans, on the aftermath of his ODI retirement, shows what Sachin means to his fans, to cricket and to the entire country of India.
‘Because you have been playing
International Cricket for longer than I
have lived. Because the default answer
for “Who do you want to become when
… you grow up?” till I turned 9 was you.
Because there isn’t a boy who grew in
the 90s without imagining himself
playing your straight drive. Because my
first memory of watching a match in a
stadium is of banging an empty bottle
on the seat and chanting your name to
a chorus of 20,000. Because there was
a lump in all our throats when you
looked up at the sky after scoring that
century against Kenya in the 1999
World Cup. Because the phrase “Desert
Storm” has nothing to do with any
geographic occurrence in my mind.
Because you never lashed out or
appeared angry no matter how much
even the biggest novices booed,
heckled or called for your head.
Because you unite the most diverse
country in the world as a matter of
habit. Because there are more
expectations on your shoulders than
we can even begin to imagine. Because
when you held the World Cup at
Wankhede, life made more sense.
Because you are the master blaster,
the little master, the centurion of
centurions and yes, even God. Because
you will go down in history as the
game’s greatest ambassador ever.
Because, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, if
you don’t deserve the loudest cheer in
the history of this nation, then who the
hell does?? V miss u SRT…’
Yesterday, something dreadful happened. I received the shocking news that my Master had retired from One Day Cricket. I am really worried what decision he is going to make in Tests. I hope that he continues to play for another two years at least. I hope and pray that he retrurns to his old self.
Sachin, we are with you. Please don’t be harsh on us.
My hatred for people who hate Sachin grows by the day.
I don’t really believe that the world is going to end tomorrow. In fact I believe that we have long way to go.
But what if the world really does end tomorrow?
I wouldn’t mind really. I don’t even know why I am living. If it is going to end then I just hope that we have a quick death.
Anyway, Happy Doomsday folks!