The year was 2006. T20 was still fresh and new as a format. Not many had the exposure of the shorter format of the game and thus the sanctity of ODIs remained as is. Those were the days when scoring 300 in an ODI was still a big deal. When a six would leave the audiences in celebratory mode.
However it was one ODI match that changed everything for the format. This famous match between Australia and South Africa changed the way people looked at an ODI game. This was the match where Australia scored 434 in 50 overs and South Africa successfully chased it down by scoring 438.
It was an experience, that match.
Legendary South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs was the primary reason the match reached the heights it did. People still look back upon Gibbs’ innings of 175 runs which eventually took South Africa to victory over the Australians.
South Africa became the first ever team in history to successfully chase a target more than 400 runs in ODIs.
In his autobiography, Gibbs threw some light on what transpired on the pitch and before the match that day.
Gibbs confessed that he had gone drinking with a friend and ended up drinking till 1 in the morning. Later when he had to wake up for the match, Gibbs was suffering from a massive case of hangover. Gibbs was still hungover when he went out to bat to chase the target of 435 runs.
That, however, wasn’t a problem for Gibbs as he went on to make his highest individual score in limited overs game. Gibbs scored an overall 175 runs with the help of 21 fours and 7 sixes.
What an incredible yet flamboyant man!