Herschelle Gibbs eyes South Africa comeback

Herschelle Gibbs Gibbs played a match-winning 55 of 47 balls against New South Wales Blues on Saturday AFP

Chennai: Sep 24, 2011

After his Man-of-the-Match effort in his team’s easy win over New South Wales in the Champions League T20, Cape Cobras opener Herchelle Gibbs said he would look to continue his form to stake a claim in the South African team for next year’s World T20 Championship.

“I would love to (repeat this performance) in every game but there are not easy games in cricket. I enjoy big occasions. I still feel I am fit, I am handy. If I can get into the Proteas (team) it’d be wonderful but if not, I am trying to give it my best shot, I’ve still got a good few years left in me so I am giving it everything. If it happens, it happens but if it doesn’t, at least I know I gave it my everything,” he said.

Gibbs made a match-winning 55 of 47 balls and, along with 23-year old Richard Levi, put on 88 for the first wicket to guide the Cobras to a seven-wicket win.

Gibbs also had a word of advice for 18-year-old Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins.

“He’s got enough pace, but T20 is not all about pace. You’ve got to have variations, if you have the same theory, ball after ball, it takes the effectiveness away. But he’s still got enough going, he’s young and strong and hit the deck quite hard (today) . (but) this sort of wicket is not like the ones in Australia where he can sort of bang it in and actually get through,” Gibbs said.

Cobras captain Justin Kemp said his side was lucky to have got away with dropping both NSW openers David Warner and Shane Watson during their innings.

“Definitely. We pride ourselves in our fielding. We cannot be dropping world class players like we did today, they’ll punish you. We were lucky we got away with it today.”

The fact that his players were playing in front of bigger crowds than they were used to in South Africa, could not be cited as an excuse, Kemp said.

Asked whether he had an advantage over NSW having played for CSK previously, Kemp said, “Not really, the wicket played completely different to the Chennai wicket I know. I heard it’s been relaid.

“We made things difficult for ourselves, dropping catches, we weren’t very sharp in the first six overs. It definitely died a lot more than the old Chennai wicket.

Thankfully we played one of our practice games in one of the wickets and it played similar to (the one today)”. (PTI)