On This Day: Herschelle Gibbs’ dropped catch that cost South Africa the 1999 World Cup
By: Sports Desk |

Published: June 13, 2020 12:01:20 pm


Steve Waugh reacts after Herschelle Gibbs’ dropped catch (Source: Youtube screengrab)

On June 13, 1999, former Australian skipper Steve Waugh performed the good captain’s knock in 1999 World Cup Super Sixes match in opposition to South Africa. Waugh scored an unbeaten 120 to assist his facet win by 5 wickets in a thriller of a run chase. However, it was Herschelle Gibbs’ horrible dropped catch that gave Waugh a second life in a match that will develop into essential going ahead in the match.

Gibbs had a terrific day with the bat as he opened the innings for South Africa and scored 101 to assist his facet put up a complete of 271/7 after skipper Hansie Cronje gained the toss and elected to bat. He did all the pieces proper till the 31st over.

Lance Klusener bowled a full supply on the pads of Waugh. The Australian batsman flicked it straight to mid-wicket fielder Gibbs who was too excited to have a good time the key wicket that he made a large number of it.

Allegedly, Waugh instructed Gibbs after the blunder, “Hersh, you’ve just dropped the World Cup,”. However, Gibbs denied that it ever occurred. Waugh denied it too regardless that admitted that the alleged quote was fairly humorous.

Had Gibbs caught maintain of that, it could have been robust for Australia to get again in the recreation. The significance of the win was realised by Australians a couple of days later when the semi-final in opposition to Cronje’s facet was tied. Australia superior to the finals whereas an in-form South African facet was knocked out of the World Cup.

Waugh-led Australia lifted the World Cup trophy for the second time after beating Pakistan comprehensively by eight wickets in the remaining at Lord’s.

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