Gibbs to Twitter away trophy

2011-01-25 22:41

Altus Momberg

Cape Town - Cricket lovers will have the chance next week to win Herschelle Gibbs' valuable 438-match man of the match trophy.

The former Proteas star said yesterday on Twitter that he would give the prize to one of his followers on the social networking website.

He won the trophy for his man of the match performance in the famous One-Day International between the Proteas and Australia.

Gibbs (36) had already given away some of his commemorative valuables yesterday -- the shirt and cap that he wore in his last One-Day International already has a new owner.

Gibbs played 90 Test matches and 248 One-Day Internationals for South Africa, but his performance in the Proteas' famous victory over Australia at the Wanderers in 2006 is the one for which he will be most remembered.

Gibbs' 175 runs in that match set the home team up to achieve 438/9, thus winning both the match and the series against the Aussies.

When asked about why he is giving away all these possessions, Gibbs tweeted: "The only 'trophy' that I wanted to win was a Cricket World Cup.

"Now that I know that will never happen, I don't mind to give the rest away."


  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-01-25 23:47

    I think he's on the green stuff again.

      The_Truth - 2011-01-26 07:47

      I disagree. It's something stronger than the geen stuff, or his brains are already addled from all the drink and dope

      bekie - 2011-01-26 08:26

      That's nonsense. He does not need the items and it is not like he's throwing them away. He is giving them to his followers. What a good gesture!

      Perfume - 2011-01-26 08:42

      tea leaves lol!!

      sanodn - 2011-01-26 09:15

      Hahaha, yeah probably.

      shogun - 2011-01-26 15:58

      but he aint no choker. in your face bmt. unlike our present ballerinas

  • leroywilliams1985 - 2011-01-26 00:19

    So what if he is?

  • Magoo - 2011-01-26 04:58

    I think he would have done better than some of the clowns that ARE in the the team. Loved the book Hersch! Enjoy.

  • Fenties - 2011-01-26 05:47

    I think he may regret doing this one day. In the book he talked up a lot about how his has the BMT for the world cup and I believe he could have been there.I think the "tell all" book spoiled his chances.It's now almost a case of "you don't want me so i'll show you that these other things mean nothing". Still one of my all time favourite players to watch!

      Dr. No - 2011-01-26 16:05

      My thoughts exactly, It's like when a person breaks up with another they get rid of our burn everything that reminds them of that person. It is sad really because he is such a big part of SA ciricket lore and one day he might see that and regret this moment. At least he is making one of his twitter followers a very happy person, wish I was one of them now.

  • sdsmurf - 2011-01-26 06:20

    To each his own I guess, but if I was going to give away my memorabelia, I give it to a charity or something. Let a good cause earn something from it... To each his own...

  • Anton - 2011-01-26 06:36

    Well i think that the S.A. team made abig mistake by leaving Gibbs out of the team! Great guy, great player . . great book!

  • haroldrvjansen - 2011-01-26 06:52

    Hat's off to one of the 'last true characters' of cricket! We miss people like Macmillan, Kourie, Rice, Donald, De Villiers. Rhodes, Nel and off course Hansie who made cricket a pleaure to watch. Let's hope that JP, AB and growing characters would bring enjoyment back to cricket. We miss the fighting spirit, the 'do or die' attitude, the 'thrash your competitor' approach

  • haroldrvjansen - 2011-01-26 06:55

    Hat's off to one of the 'last true characters' of cricket! We miss people like Macmillan, Kourie, Rice, Donald, De Villiers. Rhodes, Nel, Kirsten, Klusener and off course Hansie who made cricket a pleaure to watch. Let's hope that JP, AB and other 'growing characters' would bring enjoyment back to cricket. We miss the fighting spirit, the 'do or die' attitude, the 'thrash your competitor' approach.

      Colin - 2011-01-26 08:24

      Yes, here I agree with you however you left out Pat Symcox, he was wonder to watch as well.

      Anchorman - 2011-01-26 13:08

      and not forgetting Klusner,

      Bob - 2011-01-26 13:49

      Anchorman, Harold mentioned Kluesner, the bloke he missed was the fantastic Adrian Kuiper. But yes I agree Gibbs would still be in my WC squad, more talent than most of the rest of the team put together.

  • RQd2 - 2011-01-26 08:00

    Why is this even news? Good for you Hersch, you're a legend.

  • tankiso365 - 2011-01-26 08:00

    Green stuff again..BOOFHEAD..

  • The Spear - 2011-01-26 08:01

    There is only one batsmen in South Africa that can completely destroy a bowling attack and that is Gibbs. Sometimes he fail, yes, but when he is on song he is the best.

      Colin - 2011-01-26 08:28

      This was only when he was using a banned(green) substance, without is he was absolutely useless.

  • Daniel - 2011-01-26 08:27

    Such class. Such pride.

  • markwmilligan - 2011-01-26 08:31

    I think he is pissed again. Let give him a breathalyser test.......

  • Perfume - 2011-01-26 08:40

    Gibbs stops smoking tea leaves, what is he giving his stuff away for!!!!!!!

  • Albo - 2011-01-26 09:05

    I think he is sour with the way things went. First he sold his soul for a quick buck with the book now giving away his memories of the Proteas. What a loser!!!!!

  • Nice Guy - 2011-01-26 09:22

    What could he possible give away other than used condoms for all the girls and boys he's been hammering away whilst on tour. This guy is a disgrace and was implicated with Hansie The Useless Cronje in the match fixing arrangements. Maybe he can twitter the cell phone number of his favorite bookies?

      Innocent - 2011-01-26 16:03

      Hansi was not useless he made a mistake and we all do so stop it or else.

  • Darwinian - 2011-01-26 09:32

    Typical South African replies. He is one of the greatest batsmen you ever had. Only Kallis has more ODI runs than him, and he has nearly 2000 runs more that Graeme(porcelain hands) Smith. He has more BMT than all the great SA players combined.

      dddp - 2011-01-26 13:29

      I agree. Hersh is 1 of the few "game-changers" we have/had. There r lotsa guys with great averages, etc that can hold their own in a situation - but very few with the ability to change the outcome of a game as dramatically as he can. The other that comes to mind is Klusener. He's human like the rest of us - he's made mistakes... But he has provided some of the most memorable sporting moments ever. I was @ the 438 game - and thanks to him - its an experience i will keep with me for the rest of my life! Thanks Hersh!!

      Ambiorix - 2011-02-08 15:41

      Why all this talk of his BMT? the 'dropped catch' in 99 was more him screwing up the celebration when showboating.....It's very true what steve waugh said to him immediately afterwards 'You just lost the world cup for your team right there'... He didnt perform in the 2003 WC either, nobody did in that team and we didn't deserve to go through. There is a big difference when it comes to world cup BMT, something you guys seem to have selective memories about..

  • doug - 2011-01-26 09:40

    "The only 'trophy' that I wanted to win was a Cricket World Cup." Maybe you should have thought about that before defaming South African cricket with your bull#$%^ book?

      Fikile - 2011-01-26 10:17

      you are a poephol take your head out of the sand, most of cricket is corrupt. ICC, Majola to BOFF, selectors and commentators. It's only OK if you spill the been if black people are involve but as soon as corrupt whites are involved you act like animals, killing the TRUTH "veritus", HYPOCRITES!!!! - 2011-01-26 12:11

      So telling the truth is defaming?

      Albo - 2011-01-26 14:11

      @Fikile - he`s actually coloured. Please stick to the PSL!!

      Innocent - 2011-01-26 16:07

      @ Albo you are a moron

  • Tim Yagan - 2011-01-26 09:50

    Sounds suicidal to me.

  • Fikile - 2011-01-26 10:06

    Right on mate, you had it in your hands and dropped it, but you are still a star in my eyes the best batsman SA has ever produced. U were just born the wrong colour and in the wrong country. Viva Gibsy Viva

      C-Ward - 2011-01-26 12:35

      One word.......................DOOS!

      Anchorman - 2011-01-26 13:12

      Clinton Ward

      Albo - 2011-01-26 14:12

      Sounds familiar?? Had everything but somehow found a way to totally destroy everything.

  • vanmarc - 2011-01-26 13:13

    You all can say what you want to, but Gibbs has been a great SA Cricket son and will be missed. He still has more talent in his left hand then all of you have!!!

  • astorma4eva - 2011-01-26 13:49

    Would love to see a "warm up match" before proteas leave for wc played against these "forgotten sons" of SA cricket. 1. Gibbs 2. A.Petersen 3. Rudolph (c) 4. Prince 5. Miller 6. Morkel 7. Boucher 8. McClaren 9. Kemp 10. R v.d Merwe 11. Langeveldt 12th man Ntini

      Innocent - 2011-01-26 16:09

      what about paul

      Lance - 2011-01-26 16:18

      Here's my 2011 WC dream-team, based on experience and tournament conditions: 1. Hashim Amla 2. AB de Villiers 3. Jacques Kallis 4. Herschelle Gibbs 5. Mark Boucher (c) 6. Albie Morkel 7. J.P. Duminy 8. Faf du Plessis 9. Robin Pietersen 10. M. Morkel 11. Charl Langeveldt 12th man - Dale Steyn

  • Sayitasitis - 2011-01-26 17:28

    Gibbs on twitter. Well, what could be more apt. Gibbs is a twit, always has been and always will be. A great sportman but nowhere in the bigger scheme of things and absolutley nowhere when it comes to maturity and life issues. Total disregard for authority. To think that he is actually somebody's DAD. Quite scary in fact. It is about time that he grew up some time and acted like an adult.

  • Ronaldo - 2011-01-26 18:07

    Its funny how people react afterwards, but all the great moments during his career, I bet that most of the people giving him grief now, were the ones that shouted his name the loudest, word groot poepolle!!!

  • BROCK - 2011-01-26 18:31

    Great idea Gibbs! The ultimate entertainer.Wish you were in the WC squad, your cup record is better than any other Protea.

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