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'Gibbs won't hit me for six sixes again'

Daan van Bunge wants a re-match with Herschelle Gibbs.

AFP |July 28, 2008, 7:32 PM IST
'Gibbs won't hit me for six sixes again'

London: Netherlands all-rounder Daan van Bunge would love a re-match with Herschelle Gibbs in next year's World Twenty20 in England after the South Africa batsman struck him for six sixes in an over during the 2007 World Cup in St Kitts.

Gibbs's feat saw him become the first batsman to score six sixes in a One-day International over and van Bunge, far from being scarred by the experience, cannot wait to come up against the talented strokemaker again.

"It would be great to play Herschelle again and I wouldn't mind if he tries to repeat that feat," said van Bunge. "But I am sure whatever he does, he wouldn't be able to hit me again for 36 runs in an over."

The 25-year-old leg-spinner added: "If I can take revenge, then it would be a perfect icing on the cake. It goes without saying that whenever I get an opportunity to play against him, I will target him as my prime wicket."

Van Bunge does know what it is like to savour bowling success, rather than infamy, on the biggest stage. During the 2003 World Cup in South Africa he took three for 16 against England, dismissing Michael Vaughan, Nick Knight and Andrew Flintoff. However, if he is to have a shot of claiming Gibbs's wicket next year several things need to happen.

First, the Netherlands has to finish at least third in the six-team World Twenty20 qualifier to be held in Belfast from August 2-5 and then hope the ICC board ratifies Zimbabwe Cricket's decision to withdraw from next year's tournament in England.


If, as seems likely, Zimbabwe's move is rubber-stamped than a third place finish in Belfast will mean a spot for the Netherlands in Group B alongside South Africa and New Zealand in next year's finals.

Both finalists in the four-day tournament in Belfast are guaranteed places for the 2009 World Twenty20. However, even if the Dutch do all they can to book a spot alongside the Proteas, van Bunge may still not get his wish and that's because Gibbs is currently out of international cricket.

Gibbs was omitted from the South Africa squad currently in England for a Test and One-day series campaign.

West Indies great Sir Garfield Sobers was the first man to hit six sixes in a over in a first-class match in 1968 when, playing for Nottinghamshire, he struck 36 runs off an over from Glamorgan's Malcolm Nash in Swansea. India's Ravi Shastri equalled that feat playing for Bombay against Baroda in 1984 before Gibbs set a parallel record in One-day internationals.

Last year, Yuvraj Singh became the first man to hit six sixes in a Twenty20 international over, off England's Stuart Broad, at Durban during the inaugural world championships in the shortest form of the game.

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