No matter what happens during the rest of the World Cup, Herschelle Gibbs has already made his name. The South African put himself in the record books by becoming the first player to hit six sixes in one over in the competition. Today, Ireland are in the firing line in their second Super Eight match. The fact that it has happened only once in nine World Cups should ensure that no Ireland bowler suffers the same fate as Daan Van Bunge of the Netherlands but, ominously, Gibbs feels a big score for him is imminent.
'I'm a little bit frustrated that I have made a few starts but haven't gone on (he was out for 75 against the Dutch). Our guys at the top of the order have been firing quite nicely and I'm sure there's a big one for me just around the corner.'
So when did he make up his mind to go for the maximum maximums that over?
'The message came out an over or two before that we should try and up the tempo. Jacques (Kallis) was well in so that gave me licence. Even if I got out it wouldn't have mattered. We had more than enough runs at that stage so after the fourth six I thought maybe this is my day. I was just lucky that it was,' he said.
Gibbs' feat earned a $1 million donation from Johnny Walker, one of the official sponsors of ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be awarded to Habitat for Humanity, which is currently building homes throughout the Caribbean.
There was also a $175,000 bonus for the South Africa squad yesterday when they were confirmed as the No 1 team in the world on the cut-off date of April 1.
'Things have gone well for us so far. We are a long way from our peak, our bowlers are hitting their straps nicely and the batsmen at the top of the order have fired so now it's up to the middle order to get in a bit of form and turn the tables.
'We have built up a really good squad over the last two years and there's been consistency from everyone. We've played some very good cricket and the confidence is high and with a bit of luck you never know (we can go on and win the World Cup). But every game is crucial,' said Gibbs. And that is why Ireland will be treated no differently from Australia as the South Africans prepare for today's game in Guyana.
'It's a big game for both teams. Ireland have done unbelievably well. Their confidence is good and we know we will have our work cut out. There will be upsets in the tournament, we can't take anything lightly and we need to win this game.
'They definitely surprised us in the warm-up game in Trinidad. They were keyed up and maybe we didn't have the intensity we should have had. But this is a different game and having played on the wicket last week we know what to expect.
'We're preparing like we would for any other game. Any win is a good win in the World Cup,' said Gibbs.