Calcutta/Melbourne: Former England captain Tony Greig, one of the architects of cricket’s World Series revolution in the 1970s, has died at the age of 66, after suffering a heart attack at his Sydney home, on Saturday.
Greig was diagnosed with lung cancer in October.
A larger-than-life figure standing 6ft 6in (1.98 metres), the South Africa-born Greig was an outstanding all-rounder.
As the news filtered through around the world, cricketers from across the globe paid tribute, some via the Twitter. Here are some of the reactions:
Michael Clarke: I was only speaking with Tony a couple of days ago, so news of his passing is absolutely shattering. Tony has a long and decorated history with international cricket, both as a player and a commentator, and cricket will be much poorer for his loss. Personally, he was a great mentor for me, providing great advice through the good times and the bad. On behalf of the Australian cricket team, our thoughts, prayers and wishes are with the Greig family at this difficult time.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Personally, I never had too much interactions with him… But he was obviously a very fine player and a great commentator. I remember listening to him with Sourav (Ganguly) and Sachin (Tendulkar) batting in the middle. He would make us feel as if we were in the middle… We will all miss him.
Adam Gilchrist (Twitter): Horrible, frightening news. It’s just such a shock. The cricketing community in particular will be hit very hard by this.
Brian Lara (Twitter): RIP Tony Greig!! You have left a great footprint on the world of cricket. My condolences to the Greig family.
Bill Lawry: It’s a great loss to world cricket. To me personally I’m shattered. World cricket’s lost one of its greatest ambassadors.
Dennis Lillee: Tony was a tough opponent who took on all opposition with aggression and a determination to win. We will not forget the way he stirred the viewers in a similar vein to the way he did to opposition teams.
Tom Moody (Twitter): Saddened to hear the passing away of Tony Greig, RIP. Good friend, mentor & colleague will be missed dearly by the cricketing family.
Shane Warne (Twitter): What terrible & sad news about the passing of Tong Greig, he was a wonderful man & a good friend, my heart goes out to all his family RIP!
Apart from the players, the ICC and some of the cricket Boards also paid tributes. Among them were the England and Wales Cricket Board, Cricket South Africa and Cricket Australia.