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Herschelle Gibbs

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
South Africa, Durham, Glamorgan, Northern Knights, South Africa A, South African Invitation XI, Titans, Western Province, Western Province B, Yorkshire, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Cape Cobras, Perth Scorchers, Khulna Royal Bengals, St Lucia Zouks
Roles played:
Home country:
South Africa
February 23, 1974, Green Point,Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa


Herschelle Gibbs’ ability and appetite for flamboyance has been unique in international cricket. Underneath his will to capture imaginations, is a cricketer whose adaptability has convincingly seen him through the game’s changing phases.

As soon as he found his international footing, Gibbs replaced Andrew Hudson as Gary Kirsten’s opening partner. Along with teammate Jonty Rhodes at point, he at cover developed a reputation for spectacular out fielding, fascinating viewers with diving stops. It increased emphasis on a part of cricket often overlooked as menial. With the willow, a maiden Test century came in an unbeaten 211 against New Zealand at Christchurch in 1999. Earlier in the year, Gibbs also notched his first ODI ton against West Indies at home. Around the time, his batting was well balanced, mixing defensive caution with aggressive force in equal measure. A strong 1999 also booked him a spot in South Africa’s World Cup squad for that year. A largely disappointing showing for Gibbs on a personal front was capped with a dropped catch of Steve Waugh, one of the reasons that caused South Africa’s ouster.

The pinnacle of his ability to single-handedly turn games was chiefly witnessed in his 175-run knock against Australia in 2006, a match that saw the highest runs scored in ODI history set by the Aussies and in the same innings, successfully chased by South Africa. That match-winning knock was memorable atonement for his error in the 1999 World Cup. It showcased Gibbs’ unfathomable ability to turn thing his team’s favour when called upon. It also reflected his transition from run-a-ball innings to explosive ones, in line with the changing nature of cricket. After Jonty Rhodes retired, Gibbs was heir apparent in his team's point position. It told a lot about Gibbs, the man who was South Africa’s replacement for two seemingly irreplaceable heroes – Hudson and Rhodes.

Unfortunately, Cricket South Africa did not offer him another contract after their series against the West Indies in 2008, thereby putting a halt to his Test career. Gibbs was then signed up by the Hyderabad to play in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008. He was a consistent performer and along with Adam Gilchrist, was instrumental in the Chargers' victory in the second edition. In 2012, he was picked by the Mumbai for the fifth season. The same year, he was grabbed by the Perth Scorchers for the Champions League T20.

Fast Facts

  • Herschelle Gibbs became the first batsman in ODI cricket to hit six sixes in an over. He did so against Netherlands in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. At that time, he was also the first player in international cricket to do so.
  • He is South Africa’s second highest run-scorer in ODIs behind Jacques Kallis.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 90 154 6167 7 41.95 50.26 14 26 228
ODI 248 240 8094 16 36.13 83.26 21 37 175
T20 23 23 400 1 18.18 125.78 0 3 90*
IPL 36 36 886 4 27.68 109.78 0 6 69*
CLT20 12 11 149 0 13.54 108.75 0 1 55
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 90 1 6 4 0 0/4 / - 4.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 94 0 9
ODI 108 0 30
T20 8 0 2
IPL 22 0 5
CLT20 5 0 1


South Africa Vs India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - Nov 27, 1996
Last played:
South Africa Vs West Indies at Kingsmead, Durban - Jan 10, 2008
South Africa Vs Kenya at Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi - Oct 03, 1996
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera - Ahmedabad - Feb 27, 2010
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005
Last played:
South Africa Vs Pakistan at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia - May 10, 2010
Hyderabad Vs Punjab at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - May 01, 2008
Last played:
Mumbai Vs Kolkata at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - May 16, 2012
Cape Cobras Vs Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Oct 08, 2009
Last played:
Perth Scorchers Vs Auckland at SuperSport Park, Centurion - Oct 23, 2012