Gibbs: All-out attack

2009-11-06 09:37

Altus Momberg

Cape Town - The days of 'anchor men' in one-day cricket are numbered.

That is the view of Herschelle Gibbs and the Cape Cobras.

Gibbs this week expanded on the Cobras' new line of thinking when he said that a team can no longer afford players that are unable to regularly find the boundary.

“The days of one player batting through and the batsman on the other side attacking, are over,” he said.

“You now have to hit boundaries from both sides. One-day cricket has definitely changed,” added the 35-year-old Gibbs.

The Cobras will show off their new approach to supporters for the first time on Friday when they take on the Dolphins in an MTN40 match at Newlands.

“You have to put pressure on the bowlers from both sides. That is why it is so good to see that Andrew Puttick has added another dimension to his game. There are still areas in which he can improve, but he definitely has the right approach,” said Gibbs.

Puttick has already scored two centuries for the Cobras this season – one in the T20 and the other in the MTN40.

The big difference in Puttick’s batting this season is his ability to hit boundaries.

Gibbs, a veteran of 372 one-day games at international and provincial level, will definitely know what he is talking about.

He made his debut for the Western Province one-day side in 1990/91 and has experienced the dramatic changes in the shortened version of the game.

The fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs started at the World Cup in 1992, 15 months after Gibbs made his provincial debut.

Cobras coach Shukri Conrad said that players not only needed to be able to strike boundaries, but to do so off good bowling.

“That is definitely the next step. However, Herschelle is right that bowlers have to be pressurised from both sides,” said Conrad.

He added that it can already be observed how young players are adapting their styles to be able to deal with the demands of Twenty20 and one-day cricket.

“If you look at a player like JP Duminy, who has acquired the ability to hit the ball very far, you can see how the game has changed,” he said.

“A technically-correct player such as JP would not have had the ability or approach to play such big shots 10 years ago.”


Cape Cobras:
Henry Davids, Andrew Puttick, Robin Peterson, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Ontong, Justin Kemp (captain), Stiaan van Zyl, Rory Kleinveldt, Lenert van Wyk, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Monde Zondeki, Mario Olivier.

Imraan Khan (captain), HD Ackerman, Loots Bosman, Ahmed Amla, Dave Miller, Andrew Hall, Cameron Delport, Darren Smit, Johann Louw, Quinton Friend, Alfonso Thomas, Yusuf Abdulla.

Starting time: 16:30


  • Malume - 2009-11-06 10:31


  • Gibbsy - 2009-11-06 10:31

    If as Gibbs says, you need 2 players who can find the boundary regularly, why is he still in the Proteas line up? He should practice what he says!! He was awesome for a decade but the time comes for everyone to eventually retire before the bad memories overtake the good!!

  • Cow Corner - 2009-11-06 10:36

    Come on Herchelle, not sure anything has changed in your approach, in act can not remember when you last carried your bat anyway!

  • Dee - 2009-11-06 10:36

    What did Tendulkar do last night..... scored 175 and batted for almost entire innings

  • Denzil - 2009-11-06 10:41

    I agree with Gibbs here to an extent. Bowlers definitely need to be attacked from both sides, as this would naturally upset their rhythm. But, I do still see the sense in having a batsmen possibly bat for at least 20-30 overs, if not 40 even. That batsmen though should not get bogged down with singles, but still attack the bowling, but not not maybe place his wicket on the line with every shot played.

  • Jim - 2009-11-06 10:49

    Thats mean you have to retire Herschell as you can't fin dthe boundry much these days

  • Denzil - 2009-11-06 10:53

    @ Malume, Gibbsy & Cow Corner, attack the comments made by Gibbs and not the player. Why on almost all these forums, must people attack the person? How shallow and pathetic are your lives? I challenge any of you to last one over facing Brett Lee, or Dale Steyn or the like, much less an innings you pathetic little losers.

  • Justin - 2009-11-06 11:02

    Malume, you are an idiot!

  • Garrick - 2009-11-06 12:50

    I am very proud guys, a discussion without race coming up even once, still too many "!!!! *!"£$"£%%^^" though. What Gibbs said is right but that's my opinion, what a legend!

  • Pappa - 2009-11-06 13:10

    I recall 60 from 51 balls in herchelle`s last game less than a week ago Cow Corner. Ur all idiots if u cant see that gibbs still look and probably is the fitest of them all and to Gibbsy, his not in the protea line up vs england at the moment. Any of u even watch cricket?

  • Dirk - 2009-11-06 13:23

    @Dee - And what did India do - lose the game, same with Smith scoring 140 odd in Champions trophy and SA losing the game. You need a couple of guys scoring 30 - 80 at fairly quick rate 6+, but it depends on the situation? If you are chasing 5 an over you need to be more cautious...However I believe Ponting had a good point in trying to add value to each one day game and not only series wins etc...(eliminating dead rubber games). If team A scores 140 all out, there should be incentive for team B to get the target in as little as possible overs to gain either bonus points or extra points in ICC world ranking. This will eliminate the "boring factor" from one day cricket as there is nothing more boring than a one day cricket game that does not go the full alotted overs. What I find to be a problem in this new exciting form of one dayers is that batsmen can kill bowlers on flat tracks, but as soon as the ball starts deviating/swinging slighty struggle, but I guess you gotta swap one skilset for another (trade off)

  • Tobi - 2009-11-06 13:37

    Malume, When last did you watch Kallis bat - in the nineties??? He has been a run a ball man for quite a while now. The fact that he can do this without theatrics just shows how good he is!!

  • bigmart - 2009-11-06 14:02

    Malume - matter of interest - Kallis's scoring rate in ODI's is 71.98, Gibbs's 83.32. Both incredible players. Kallis's problem is that he is not a flashy as Gibbs. Just gets on with the job and looks boring as a result.

  • danie - 2009-11-06 16:11

    I fully agree with Bigmart...their technuques are very different Gibbs relies on his eyes whereas Kallis is to Textbook but they're both avery effective...Kallis is more consistant though...Kallis has improved on his strike rate and please can you make sure that you have watched enough cricket before you make any senseless comments...

  • Carl - 2009-11-07 09:50

    I see a lot of words that have to be eaten with breakfast this moring. Well done on "batting" up what you say Gibsy!

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