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Mark Boucher

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
South Africa, Africa XI, ICC World XI, Border B, Border, South Africa A, Bangalore, Kolkata, Cape Cobras, South Africa Under-19, Warriors
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | WicketKeeper
Home country:
South Africa
December 03, 1976, East London,Cape Province


In Mark Boucher, South Africa trusts. Not just as replacement of Gilchrist-standards for Dave Richardson, but as one of the finest finishers of cricket innings. It’s hard to oust one over the other – being the game’s most successful man behind the sticks or the countless, unsung roles played with Klusener and Rhodes in the heyday to put teams to sword. Had it not been for the mesmerizing Gilchrist, the workman like Boucher wouldn’t be overshadowed.

As a lower middle-order batsman, Boucher was symbolic of how traditionally deep South Africa have always batted. While not a holder of startling averages, he’s a product of well played cameos. His career highlight came in 2006 when playing Australia; Boucher scored the winning runs in what is regarded as the greatest ODI ever played, when his team successfully chased the then-record ODI score of 434, quickly refreshing record-books. However, it was disappointing to see a cricketer of his calibre being dropped, when in 2010, Boucher played his last ODI and was not included thereafter, even in the World Cup that followed. But in 2011, a freak injury to their regular wicket-keeper AB de Villiers announced his comeback to the one-day side for South Africa's series against Australia. In the Indian T20 league, Boucher started off in 2009 by playing for Bengaluru before Kolkata bagged him in the next season.

Through it all, his performance behind the wicket became unbeatable after initially struggling with the role. With the help of the then coach Bob Woolmer, he put in extra shifts to hone the skill. It’s part of the reason why Boucher plays second fiddle to gifted talents such as Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, and later MS Dhoni. Never a natural, he’s a product of hard-work and dedication, two qualities that have epitomized South Africa through trying times. In 2012, Boucher injured his left eye in a freak accident on a tour match before the England series, and hence announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

Fast Facts

  • Mark Boucher ended his career with 998 international dismissals, the most by any wicketkeeper in the world.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 147 206 5515 24 30.30 50.11 5 35 125
ODI 295 221 4686 57 28.57 84.76 1 26 147*
T20 25 21 268 6 17.86 97.45 0 0 36*
IPL 31 24 394 10 28.14 127.50 0 1 50*
CLT20 13 10 217 3 31 121.91 0 0 40*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 147 1 8 6 1 1/6 / 6 4.5 0 0 0 1
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 532 23 2
ODI 403 22 16
T20 18 1 1
IPL 14 3 1
CLT20 5 1 1
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 4 2 2 0 0 50
ODI 1 1 0 0 0 100


South Africa Vs Pakistan at Sheikhupura Stadium, Sheikhupura - Oct 17, 1997
Last played:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Mar 23, 2012
South Africa Vs New Zealand at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Western Australia - Jan 16, 1998
Last played:
South Africa Vs Australia at Kingsmead, Durban - Oct 28, 2011
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005
Last played:
South Africa Vs Pakistan at Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia - May 10, 2010
Bangalore Vs Kolkata at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Bangalore at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - May 14, 2011
Bangalore Vs Cape Cobras at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Oct 08, 2009
Last played:
Warriors Vs Kolkata at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 01, 2011