In the rehab centre where he was sent for treatment for alcohol abuse cricketer Herschelle Gibbs was told to write bits of his life story as part of his therapy.
He wrote six pages – and felt so liberated he decided to write a book on his and his Proteas teammates’ boozing and sexcapades.
The result was To the Point: The No-Holds-Barred Autobiography which has sent a tremor through the changerooms and flannelled corridors of power of cricket in SA.
He reveals that he and some teammates were involved in sex and drink orgies until the wee hours while on tour, often on nights before big matches. But back in Cape Town he told YOU he didn’t want to offend anyone by writing the book; he just wanted to be honest.
Hersch, as teammates call him, doesn’t flatter anyone in the book, not even himself.
He tells how he boozed night after night – he can’t even be sure he didn’t cheat on ex-wife Tenielle during their brief marriage.
Then our conversation turns to his 14-year-old son, Rashard, and a happier Herschelle surfaces. Suddenly he’s smiling from ear to ear.
‘‘He’s already taller than me,’’ he says. ‘‘He gets that from his mom, Liesl Fuller, but he has his dad’s eyes and smile. And he’s good at sport.’’
When the boy was born Herschelle wanted nothing to do with him. He felt Liesl had punished him by falling pregnant, but he now realises that’s implausible.
He and his son chat most days now and see each other as often as possible.
‘‘It’s his birthday today and he wants Puma Ferrari takkies. I’m going to give them to him,’’ Herschelle says proudly.
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