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Career Highlights

 

Gibbs has scored two double centuries in his Test career, both contrasting innings. His first was an innings of 211 not out against New Zealand at Jade Stadium in 1999. His innings took 468 balls while his second double century, 228 against Pakistan came off just 240 balls. In that innings in Newlands, he reached a national record partnership of 368 with Graeme Smith. He has put on a further two 300-run opening stands with his captain, making them the only pair in Test history to break 300 on three occasions. He also holds the South African second wicket record, a partnership of 315* with Jacques Kallis

Gibbs is one of only three batsmen in ODI history to score hundreds in three consecutive innings, with the others being Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar. On the 6 October 2002 in the 2nd ODI against Bangladesh, Gibbs had a chance to become the only batsman to score four hundreds in a row. South Africa were set 155 for victory and Gibbs fell just three runs short, finishing unbeaten on 97. When just six runs were needed for victory, Gibbs had the strike and was on 96 but Alok Kapali bowled a legside wide which went for four and his task was made too difficult
On March 12, 2006, Gibbs played a monumental innings in the 5th ODI against Australia, scoring 175 off just 111 balls leading South Africa to victory. This was the the highest scoring one-day international match in history and his innings broke several batting records. It was the highest ever score made in an ODI against Australia, beating Robin Smith's effort in 1993. By bringing up his hundred off just 79 balls, he also brought up what was at the time the fastest ever ODI century against Australia. More importantly however, it was the fastest ever hundred by a South African batsman against any opposition, although the record would be broken later in the year by Mark Boucher. It was also the highest ever score by a batsman in South Africa. He scored 126 runs in boundaries, the most ever by a batsman

In the match against the Netherlands in the group stage of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Gibbs hit six sixes in an over off the bowling of Daan van Bunge becoming the first player in one-day international history to do so. Ravi Shastri and Sir Garfield Sobers had previously achieved this feat in first-class cricket but to date no player has achieved this in Test Cricket. In doing so, he raised US$1 million for the Habitat for Humanity housing projects as part of a contest run by tournament sponsor Johnnie Walker. It is likely that his being awarded citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis was due to this feat. His six hitting form continued throughout the tournament and when he hit Jacob Oram into the stands during a Super Eight match he drew level with Ricky Ponting on 28 for most sixes in World Cup history.[

Test Centuries

 

Herschelle Gibbs's Test Centuries

 

      Runs              Match           Against                      Venue                                      Year

[1]  211*                13             New Zealand         Christchurch, New Zealand         1999

[2]  120                  14             New Zealand        Wellington, New Zealand             1999

[3]  147                  29             Zimbabwe            Harare, Zimbabwe                        2001

[4]  107                  31             India                      Bloemfontein, South Africa           2001

[5]  196                  32             India                      Port Elizabeth, South Africa         2001

[6]  104                  38             Australia               Durban, South Africa                     2002 

[7]  114                  40             Bangladesh          Potchefstroom, South Africa        2003

[8]  228                  43             Pakistan                Cape Town, South Africa            2003

[9]  179                  46             England                 Birmingham, England                  2003

[10] 183                 50             England                 London, England                          2003

[11] 142                 54             West Indies           Durban, South Africa                   2003

[12] 142                 55             West Indies           Cape Town, South Africa            2004 

[13] 192                 56             West Indies           Centurion, South Africa               2004

[14] 161                 63             England                 Johannesburg, South Africa        2005

One Day International Centuries

 

Herschelle Gibbs's One Day International Centuries

 

       Runs   Match      Against              Venue                                                    Year

[1]   125      20           West Indies        Port Elizabeth, South Africa              1999

[2]   101      35           Australia             Leeds, England                                  1999

[3]   111      47           India                    Chennai, India                                     2000 

[4]   104      65           West Indies        St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda      2001 

[5]   107      68           West Indies        Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington   2001

[6]   125      71           Zimbabwe          Bulawayo, Zimbabwe                         2001

[7]   114      97           Pakistan             Tangier                                                2002

[8]   116     103          Kenya                 Colombo, Sri Lanka                           2002

[9]   116     104          India                    Colombo, Sri Lanka                           2002

[10] 153     105          Bangladesh       Potchefstroom, South Africa              2002

[11] 108*    111         Sri Lanka            Kimberley, South Africa                     2002

[12] 143     120          New Zealand     Johannesburg, South Africa              2003

[13] 101      156         West Indies        London, England                                2004

[14] 100      160         England             Cape Town, South Africa                   2005

[15] 118      162         England             Durban, South Africa                          2005 

[16] 175      185         Austrailia          Johnesburg, South Africa                    2006

[17] 111       213        Zimbabwe         Harare, Zimbabwe                              2007

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Herschelle Herman Gibbs (born 23 February 1974 in Cape Town) is a South African cricketer, more specifically a batsman. He was schooled at Diocesan College in Rondebosch. At backward point, he is considered by some to be the next Jonty Rhodes in his ability to hit the stumps, with a report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showing that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the eighth highest number of run-outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the tenth highest success rate. Gibbs is said to rarely practice in the nets before a match. It is said he prefers to play on instinct in this case. Gibbs is remembered for dropping a sitter off Australia's Steve Waugh during the 1999 World Cup, one which would cost South Africa dearly. Steve Waugh's famous misattribution, "You have just dropped the World Cup, son!", is said to have occurred at this point. Gibbs became the first player to hit six sixes in one over in One-day international cricket, doing so against the Netherlands in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. On 8 June 2007 he got married in St Kitts to Tennielle Povey
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