Mark Boucher was a wicket-keeper batsman for South Africa and was born on December 3, 1976. Boucher started his early days in cricket in East London. He studied at Selborne College and was getting coached by the legendary Richard Pybus. Mark Boucher kicked-off his first-class career in the year 1995 for six years before finally getting the big call from the national side. Boucher made his international debut in the Test series versus Pakistan on October 1997. The first time he made an appearance in an ODI for the Proteas was in January 16, 1998 in the game against the New Zealand.
Name: Mark Verdon Boucher
Born: December 3, 1976
Nationality: South Africa
Role: Wicket-keeper, Right handed batsman
Current Profession:: South Africa Head Coach (current)
Height: 5 ft 6 in
Age: 43 years
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
School : NA
College: Selorne College
Mark Boucher Wife: Carmen Lotter
Father: Heather Boucher
Mother: Verdon Boucher
Wife: Carmen Lotter
Test: October 17, 1997 versus Pakistan
ODI: March 23, 2012 versus New Zealand
T20I: October 21, 2005 versus New Zealand
From 147 Test matches for South Africa, Mark Boucher has scored 5,515 runs, which includes 35 fifties and five centuries.
In the ODI format, Mark Boucher has been a part of 295 games and has scored 4686 runs with 26 fifties and a century to his name.
Other than runs off the bat, Mark Boucher 999 dismissals as a wicket-keeper is a record of its own in terms of the most number of dismissals in all formats of the game
He holds the record for most number of catches taken by a wicket keeper in all forms of the game which were 952.
Boucher also has a 21 ball half-century in the World Cup which is the second quickest after Brendon McCullum’s 20 ball fifty in the same tournament in 2007.
Mark Boucher was named the coach of the year at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards. He was also awarded the South African player of the year in 1998, 200, 2006. The specialist wicket keeper batsman was also awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2009.
Mark Boucher Eye Injury
Mark Boucher retired from international cricket after the severe eye injury.