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Herschelle Gibbs

01 January, 1970

He is more specifically a stylish batsman. He is able to play, amongst other shots the cover drive, the square cut and the leg glance with some style. At backward point, he is considered by some to be the next Jonty Rhodes.

Full name : Herschelle Herman Gibbs

Born : February 23, 1974, Green Point, Cape Town, Cape Province

Current age : 32 years 249 days

Major teams : South Africa, Durham, Western Province

Batting style : Right-hand bat

Bowling style : Right-arm bowler

Statsguru: Test player, ODI player


 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   79   135   6   5728   228   44.40   11389   50.29   14   22   818   46   72   0
ODIs   189   188   13   6135   175   35.05   7476   82.06   16   25   715   87   79   0
Twenty20 Int.   3   3   0   65   56   21.66   43   151.16   0   1   5   4   1   0
First-class   174   300   12   12637   228   43.87         31   54         142   0
List A   297   287   23   8949   175   33.89         19   45         134   0
Twenty20   6   6   0   79   56   13.16   61   129.50   0   1         2   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   79   6   4   0   -   -   -   4.00   -   0   0   0
ODIs   189   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0
Twenty20 Int.   3   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0
First-class   174   138   78   3   2/14      26.00   3.39   46.00      0   0
List A   297   66   57   2   1/16   1/16   28.50   5.18   33.00   0   0   0
Twenty20   6   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  India v South Africa at Kolkata - Nov 27-Dec 1, 1996 scorecard
Last Test  Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 4-8, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  Kenya v South Africa at Nairobi (Gym) - Oct 3, 1996 scorecard
Last ODI  Pakistan v South Africa at Chandigarh - Oct 27, 2006 scorecard
Twenty20 Int. debut  South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Int.  South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg - Feb 24, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1990/91 - 2006
List A span  1990/91 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2003/04 - 2005/06

 Notes
Western Province debut same season

Education: Diocesan College

Junior Representative Cricket: WP Nuff 1989-92, SA Schools 1991-92

 Profile

Summoned from the school classroom as a 16-year-old to make his first-class debut in 1990, Herschelle Gibbs's feet moved beautifully at the crease but struggled to find the ground in real life. Admitting that a Test debut in front of 70,000 at Eden Gardens wasn't as nerve-wracking as sitting his final exams, as well as the fact that he reads little outside of magazines and comics, contributed to a reputation for simplicity. In fact, Gibbs can be a warm and generous person. His passion for one-liners and verbal jousting continues to hamper his advancement as a serious professional, and his brush with career death in the Cronje match-fixing scandal added to the impression of a man who had failed to grasp the magnitude of his impact on the nation's youth. A life-skills programme with the former Springbok rugby legend Morne du Plessis during the 2001 off-season was designed to address the matter.

At the crease, however, Gibbs can be invincible. There is no shot beyond his compass, while Test-match opening has not tempered his desire for explosive entertainment. The speed of his hands is hypnotic, frequently allowing him to hook off the front foot and keep out surprise lifters. His trademark is the lofted extra-cover drive, hit inside-out with the certainty of a square cut. Sporting comparisons can be odious, but in the field - at backward point - he really is the next Jonty Rhodes. Arguably his most famous innings came in a record-breaking one-day contest against Australia at Johannesburg when South Africa chased down an improbable 434 in 49.5 overs. Gibbs' contribution was a 111-ball 175 to power the hosts to a 3-2 series win in perhaps the greatest cracker of all. Having avoided touring India since 2000, Gibbs made himself available for the Champions Trophy in October and was selected in South Africa's 14-man squad.


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