Herschelle Gibbs was one of the most destructive batsmen on the planet. Who can forget his breathtaking 175, which was the catalyst in South Africa chasing down a seemingly impossible 434 against the mighty Aussies in what is regarded by many as the greatest ODI ever played. Gibbs, who was self-admittedly badly hungover that day, treated the Johannesburg crowd to an incredible and innings and the fact the he won the man of the match was a no-brainer.
However, that is not the only occasion when the maverick South African has shown the world his big-hitting prowess. In the ICC World Cup of 2007 that was held in the Caribbean for the first time, Gibbs made history by becoming the first batsman in the history of Cricket to have scored six sixes in the same over. Later, in the same year India’s Yuvraj Singh accomplished the same feat albeit in the T20 World Cup.
The infamous bowler targeted by the Gibbs was Daan Van Bunge, a part-time spinner from The Netherlands. The Protea player went on to score 72 runs off just 40 balls in the game as he propelled the South African tally to a massive 353/3 in just 40 overs.
The South African team had a great run in the league stage of that World Cup until the familiar problem of losing World Cup knockouts against a familiar foe Australia ended their run in the semi-finals. The highly pedigreed South African batting was cleaned up by a fearsome spell of fast bowling by Shaun Tait in the semifinals and eventually led to their ouster. However, no can take away Herschelle Gibbs’ brilliant feat of smacking a 6 of each delivery in an over and for that reason the 2007 World Cup will always be fondly remembered by the right-hander.