COVID-19 Outbreak: Herschelle Gibbs to Auction Bat Used in Historic ODI Chase vs Australia in 2006
File image of Herschelle Gibbs celebrating his hundred for South Africa©AFP

Former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs has decided to put his bat, used during his team’s record-breaking chase against Australia, on auction to aid the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

Gibbs took to Twitter to made the announcement, he captioned the post: “Supersport showing the #438 game. The bat I used that day will be up for auction to raise funds for COVID-19. Kept it all these years.”

Back in 2006, the South African team wrote their name in the record books by chasing a ginormous target of 435 runs, thanks to Gibbs’ 175-run innings. This is the highest run chase ever in the ODI cricket.

In his 111-ball blitzkrieg, Gibbs smashed 21 fours and seven sixes. The now 46-year-old played 90 Tests, 248 ODIs and 23 T20 Internationals.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting was the other century-maker in the game with 164 off 105 balls.

Several athletes have come forward to help their respective country in its fight against the deadly virus. On April 27, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli put their kits used in the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Gujarat Lions on auction.

Both Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) batsmen, De Villiers and Kohli, had scored centuries in the match to cruise their side to a victory.

The money raised will be split in half between charities working in South Africa and India, De Villiers had said.