The often aggressive batsman and athletic fielder has been one of South Africa`s talismen during the post-Apartheid era.
The right-hander made his first-class debut aged 16 and broke onto the international scene in 1996, first playing for South Africa in a one-day international against Kenya in October 1996.
His Test bow came just under two months later in front of 70,000 passionate India fans at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Gibbs fast established himself as a flamboyant opening batsman capable of shots all round the wicket in both forms of the game.
His reputation was tarnished when he was caught up in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal at the turn of the millennium but his international career continued.
In March 2006 Gibbs` 111-ball 175 against Australia at Johannesburg helped the Proteas chase 434 in 49.5 overs to take the one-day series 3-2.
A year later he hit the headlines in the World Cup game against the Netherlands, smashing Dan van Bunge for six sixes in an over, on his way to 128 not out.
Gibbs lost his Test spot in early 2008 but continued to be an integral part of South Africa`s limited overs teams.
He enjoyed a successful Twenty20 Cup stint with Glamorgan in 2008, averaging 56 in six innings, and agreed to return for the second half of the 2009 campaign.