Hershelle Gibbs Proteas IPL

The one and only Herschy. Image: India Times

Where is Proteas legend Herschelle Gibbs now?

One of the most gifted sportspeople in South African history?

Hershelle Gibbs Proteas IPL

The one and only Herschy. Image: India Times

Herschelle Gibbs entertained Proteas and IPL fans with his sensationally instinctive shot-making. Where is the gifted former batsman now?

Herschelle Gibbs had almost TOO much talent

You know those types, the guys in school who were good at every sport. Herschelle Gibbs was one of those at Bishops in Cape Town. He played flyhalf for the first rugby team and still boasts the fastest recorded time over the 100m sprint at his old school. There were also rumours that North London giants Arsenal and Tottenham invited the mercurial Gibbs for a trial.

Gibbs has a cavalier approach to batting and life

438 game

Gibbs scored 175 runs off 111 balls in a staggering display of aggressive batting in a match that no South African fans will ever forget. Besides, we get served highlights pretty much every year around Boxing Day. The Proteas won that much by one wicket with one ball remaining. Gibbs’ innings at Johannesburg will live forever in the memory, partially because it was such a perfect summary of him as a player. March 12th, 2006 is still a reference point for ODI cricket.

World Cup BMT

Gibbs scored 143 against New Zealand in the 2003 World Cup when the Proteas contested the tournament on home soil. However, as we all painfully know, it wasn’t enough to steer us to the trophy. Rain struck on that day. Duckworth Lewis has never been the proteas’ best friend.

IPL Champion

In 2009 with the Deccan Chargers, Gibbs was an IPL Champions. That form of the game suits him. Not only because of his insanely impressive pinch-hitting ability but his knack for hitting the stumps and limiting runs in the field with his agility and reflexes. Gibbs was notorious for affecting runouts in all forms of the game. Gibbs became the first player to hit six consecutive sixes in one over in ODI cricket, against the Netherlands in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Impressive Proteas stats despite his risk-taking approach at the crease

Gibbs took risks because that’s just how he’s wired. Despite that, his overall stats are pretty sturdy.

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Gibbs’ numbers make for decent reading. Image: Screenshot from Google

Where is Herschelle Gibbs now?

In July 2019, Gibbs was appointed head coach of the Rotterdam Rhinos for the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament. He also coached teams in the Shpageeza Cricket League and Kuwait’s national squad. In November 2020, he was selected by the Colombo Kings as the head coach for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. On 2 January 2021, he was selected as the new head coach of Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League.

2024 has been an especially good year for him. He proposed to his girlfriend Dana Németh in January and turned 50 in February.

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Gibbs in training. Image: Eurosport

What are your favourite Herschelle Gibbs memories?

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