Sydney, Dec 30(ANI): Former Australia captain batsman Ian Chappell has paid tribute to legendary England captain and renown commentator Tony Greig after his sudden demise due to a heart attack, saying he and Greig were best of enemies.
“Tony Greig was a lot of things. A former England captain, terrific all-rounder and one of the main instigators of World Series Cricket, part of a movement that changed the face of the sport forever,” Chappell wrote is his column for News.com.au
“To me, Tony was a fiercely combative opponent and an opinionated commentator and colleague. But, above all, he became a close friend. I’ll miss Tony deeply,” he added.
“When Australia were playing England he was highly competitive and you always knew you were in a contest against Tony,” he further wrote.
Chappell added: “He was a fierce competitor out there in the middle but wasn’t prepare to take advantage of the situation to suit his needs. I always respected him greatly for that and told him so.”
“Tony played a big part in the formation of World Series Cricket. He had a pretty tough job of signing up a lot of international players,” he added.
“During World Series Cricket we had a couple of falling outs, mainly instigated by me, and our relationship deteriorated quite a bit during that time,” he further wrote.
“Once we both retired and were together in the commentary box, we’d spend a lot of time together. Since it was mostly my fault we fell out, I thought it was time to let bygones be bygones,” he added.
“We didn’t chat about it at all, though. It’s almost as if Tony said, ‘What went on was back then, this is now.’ He was very much like that. He wasn’t one to bear grudges,” Chappell concluded. (ANI)