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Full name Herschelle Herman Gibbs
Born February 23, 1974, Green Point, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 39 years 286 days
Major teams South Africa, Cape Cobras, Deccan Chargers, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Glamorgan, Khulna Royal Bengals, Mumbai Indians, Northern Districts, Perth Scorchers, St Lucia Zouks, Titans, Western Province, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
|Test debut||India v South Africa at Kolkata, Nov 27-Dec 1, 1996 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v West Indies at Durban, Jan 10-12, 2008 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Kenya v South Africa at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 3, 1996 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v South Africa at Ahmedabad, Feb 27, 2010 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Oct 21, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Pakistan v South Africa at Gros Islet, May 10, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Northamptonshire v Glamorgan at Northampton, Aug 26-29, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||1990/91|
|Last List A||Lions v Cape Cobras at Johannesburg, Nov 6, 2011 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Western Province Boland v Dolphins at Cape Town, Apr 7, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||St Lucia Zouks v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel at Kingston, Aug 17, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|10||Zouks||v Red Steel||Kingston||17 Aug 2013||T20|
|-||Zouks||v Hawksbills||North Sound||15 Aug 2013||T20|
|22||Zouks||v Tallawahs||Gros Islet||10 Aug 2013||T20|
|21||Zouks||v Tridents||Gros Islet||8 Aug 2013||T20|
|5||Zouks||v Hawksbills||Gros Islet||6 Aug 2013||T20|
|6||Zouks||v Amazon||Providence||4 Aug 2013||T20|
|7||Zouks||v Tridents||Bridgetown||30 Jul 2013||T20|
|22||Titans||v Lions||Johannesburg||7 Apr 2013||T20|
|0||Titans||v Warriors||East London||3 Apr 2013||T20|
|7*||Scorchers||v Melb Stars||Perth||16 Jan 2013||T20|
Herschelle Gibbs, who once owned up, with perverse pride, to never having read a book, has essayed enough incendiary innings to fill a fat volume and, in the field, cut down many a batsman with all the electric grace of an enraged poet. Though he might not bother with many more words than yes, no, wait, and mine, Gibbs inspires superlatives from those who marvel at his appetite for the spectacular. Ordinary he is not.
Gibbs has played some of the most outrageous strokes yet seen. How many other batsmen practice, seriously, cutting fast bowlers for six? Or drive throat balls down the ground? Or make pulling off the front foot look everyday? That goes for whether he is batting in the middle of the order or at the top, and whether the ball is old or new. Gibbs has put all that together so many times that he can't be accused of being some charlatan who deals in fluke and luck.
He did so in the grandest of manner at the Wanderers in 2006 to score 175 off 111 balls and help South Africa clinch a one-day series against Australia. The battleground scenes of this extraordinary match, that delivered totals of 434 for four and 438 for nine, swirled all about. But Gibbs batted with the glee of a teenager armed with his father's credit card in a strip club. Pressure? That's what other people feel.
When South Africans wondered who would replace Jonty Rhodes as a fielder of the most predatory type, Gibbs answered the call.
However, not all of the superlatives attached to him are positive, for when too much talent trips over itself, demons often also lurk. Alas, so it is with Gibbs. He is perhaps as gifted as any sportsman can be. He is also as poorly equipped for the trials of daily life as any human being can safely be. Dark tales of marijuana smoking, drunk driving and match-fixing have blotted his career. Gibbs is about as close as cricket has come to producing a punk rocker, a figure who veers too close to self-destruction too often for the likes of those who prefer their cricketers unblemished by the real world.
They can rest assured, because Gibbs' time at the top is nearing its end. A first-class career that began when he was just 16 is now into its 20th summer. As his 40s loom, he may even pick up a book or two.
Western Province debut same season
Education: Diocesan College
Junior Representative Cricket: WP Nuff 1989-92, SA Schools 1991-92
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