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Herschelle Gibbs was drunk before hitting 175 in record SA win vs Australia

Herschelle Gibbs slammed a brilliant 175 against Australia with a bad hangover after he went out drinking the night before. Gibbs was the star South Africa became the first ever team to successfully chase above 400 in ODI history

cricket Updated: Mar 14, 2017 12:21 IST
HT Correspondent
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Herschelle Gibbs scored 175 as South Africa chased a world-record total of 434 against Australia.(AFP)

The date 12/3/2006 is extremely important in ODI cricket history and Herschelle Gibbs is a huge reason behind its significance.

The Proteas batsman slammed a brilliant 175 on that day as South Africa chased down a mammoth total of 434 against Australia in Johannesburg.

Herschelle Gibbs was the star batsman of his side as they became the first ever team to successfully chase a total above 400 in ODI history.

It was an impressive knock by the flamboyant batsman, but the thing that made it special was the fact that Herschelle Gibbs was suffering from a hangover after a night out before the match against Australia.

In his autobiography, Gibbs revealed that he had been drinking till 1 am with a friend and had a massive hangover by the time he came out to bat.

However, it did not prove to be a problem for him as Gibbs slammed 21 fours and 7 sixes to his career-best score in limited overs cricket.

South Africa’s chase of 434 remains the highest run chase by any team in history and Herschelle Gibbs’ innings will surely be remembered for making it possible for the Proteas.

First Published: Mar 12, 2017 20:10 IST