Proteas Gibbs

Former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs.

‘We should have bowled first in semis’ says Proteas legend Gibbs

“I’m not too sure what the thinking was behind batting first. It’s been quite puzzling,” said Herschelle Gibbs.

Proteas Gibbs

Former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs.

Former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs says he was confused by the team’s tactics in the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final loss to Australia.

South Africa’s captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and elected to bat in overcast conditions in Kolkata.

That proved costly as the Proteas were bowled out for 212 but at one point, they looked in trouble on 24/4 before rain interfered.

Gibbs, who played in three World Cups, told IOL that the Proteas should have assessed the conditions and chose to bowl first.

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“[It was] Disappointing. Looking at the conditions – choosing to bat instead of bowling first … With the overcast conditions and moisture in the air, I thought we could have looked at that first,” Gibbs told IOL.

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“I’m not too sure what the thinking was behind batting first. It’s been quite puzzling for us seeing how the team bats first, the approach, the mindset, compared to when they have to chase a score.

“I think it’s quite clear to see that they preferred batting (first). You always play the conditions first and foremost. You could see how the ball behaved and how difficult it was. I think we got the conditions wrong. We should have bowled and it would have been a different story altogether,” said Gibbs.

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