Former Proteas wicketkeeper and current Titans cricket team Couch Mark Boucher is celebrating his 42nd birthday. To celebrate with him we take a look at some fun facts about the cricket hero.
- Mark Boucher was born in East London in the Eastern Cape. He attended Selborne College.
- Mark Boucher was coached by high-profile coach Richard Pybus while at Selborne College. Richard Pybus is the former coach of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pybus is also a two-time winner of the South African Cricket Coach of the Year award. Pybus discovered Boucher’s talent during a wicket keeping camp and was very impressed by his natural athleticism.
- Mark Boucher is widely regarded as one of the greatest wicketkeepers South Africa has ever had.
- Mark Boucher once held the record for the highest score by a nightwatchman in Test cricket with a score of 125 for South Africa against Zimbabwe in Harare in November 1999.
- In September 2006, Boucher made his maiden ODI century, hitting an unbeaten 147 runs against Zimbabwe off 68 ball! His hundred came up off just 44 balls – the second-fastest ODI hundred ever by a South African. The fastest being a hundred by AB de Villiers.
- Mark Boucher played 295 ODIs. At one stage he played over 100 consecutive ODIs for South Africa – he is one of only eleven players to do so,
- Mark Boucher played 147 test matched and 25 T20 Internationals for South Africa.
- Mark Boucher was the regular vice-captain of the team under Shaun Pollock’s captaincy. He lead the team in test matches four times. This includes a test victory over fierce rivals, Australia.
- Boucher became the first wicketkeeper in the history of test cricket to reach the milestone of 400 test dismissals when he caught Danish Kaneria off Makhaya Ntini’s bowling in October 2007.
- Together with Justin Kemp, Mark Boucher set the record for the highest 6th wicket partnership in ICC Champions Trophy history – 131 runs.
Happy Birthday Bouch! We hope you have a great day and a successful year ahead!