OTD in 2007: Gibbs Smashed Six Sixes in Sensational Display of Power-Hitting
Herschelle Gibbs made a mockery of Dutch bowlers (Twitter)
On this day in 2007, cricket aficionados across the globe were treated to a scintillating spectacle of batting artistry, as former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs etched his name into the annals of cricketing folklore.
In the Group A match between South Africa and the Netherlands at the ICC World Cricket World Cup 2007, Gibbs conjured up a magical performance that would forever be remembered in cricketing history as smashed six consecutive sixes in an over.
The South African stalwart launched an unprecedented assault on the Dutch leg-spinner, Daan van Bunge, as he dispatched each of his deliveries into the stands. Gibbs put his pedal to the metal and struck six sixes in a single over, becoming the first-ever player to achieve this feat in international cricket.
In the 30th over, Gibbs hit the first delivery from Van Bunge over the long-on boundary, and then proceeded to hit two more shots over the long-off boundary, a six over mid-wicket, and two more powerful hits over the long-off boundary.
The throngs of spectators were on their feet, jaws agape, as the right-handed power-hitter made hitting the ball out of the park look like a walk in the park. The virtuoso display of batting was a sight for sore eyes, as the swashbuckling batter used the short boundaries to his advantage with pinpoint accuracy and fierce power.
The commentators could barely contain their excitement as they witnessed the spectacle unfolding before their very eyes. The South African team on the sidelines was over the moon, as they watched Gibbs create history with an accomplishment that would go down in the annals of cricketing legend.
The erstwhile cricketer's blazing display of hitting saw him amass a quickfire 72 runs off just 40 deliveries, embellished with four fours and seven sixes. This helped South Africa set a mammoth target of 353/3 in just 40 overs in a rain-curtailed match. The Netherlands, who were chasing the improbable target, could only muster a measly 132/9 from their quota of 40 overs, losing the match by a colossal 221 runs.
Gibbs' achievement would inspire future generations of cricketers to emulate his feat, as it epitomized the sheer audacity, flamboyance, and innovation that cricket demands. The memory of that magical day in St Kitts would forever be etched in the hearts and minds of cricket lovers around the world, as they relive the glorious moments of that historic match.