"They are dancing in the aisles in Sarjah." It's not quite the line that was Tony Greig's calling card as a commentator, but it's the line, delivered with an admixture of unrestrained joy and unmasked enthusiasm, in a sing-song with the first 'h' in Sharjah ignored, that won over audiences in the subcontinent, and particularly in India given that it was Sachin Tendulkar who was making them dance in the aisles.
The cricket world will, sadly, never again hear Greig commentate on a match. His sometimes over-the-top, sometimes pungent but always entertaining and erudite views on the game made Greig a television viewer's delight; in his passing away, a vital cog in a most venerable commentating wheel has been lost forever, but the legacy Greig has left behind will stand the test of time.
It's a sign of the modern times that Greig, a cricketing rebel if ever there was one, born in South Africa, captain of England, the mastermind alongside Kerry Packer of World Series Cricket, is remembered more for his stints behind the microphone than his enormous contribution to the game of cricket. It is no exaggeration to state that the financial state of the modern game owes as much to the Packer vision that Greig so whole-heartedly bought into and spread across a disgruntled cricketing fraternity in the mid 1970s as to the aggressive course of marketing that the Board of Control for Cricket in India embraced once the Tendulkar phenomenon swept the cricketing world.