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Mark Boucher-” The Legend Bids Adieu as he announced his Retirement ! ! !

Mark Boucher retired from international cricket after a severe eye injury he sustained on the opening day against Somerset during the ongoing England Tour.He also played in 3 valuable seasons for RCB.


Mark Boucher was one of the best wicket-keeper South
Africa would have ever produced. Be it his wicket-keeping skills,his
ability to bat on and play long innings in Tests as well as in
One-Dayers was all and his never to say die attitude were among the
finest qualities he has as a player. His career lasted for 15 long years
and he played along side many great cricketers of past and present. He
was a True legend himself. His contributions to the game of cricket has
been high and he has served the South African cricket with determination
and commitment.

His records are countless and he has got his
highest score of 147 not out in ODI’s and 125 in Test matches. His
hunger for playing the game of cricket in True spirit is highly
appreciated and his endless contributions for the South African cricket
has been brilliant.

England vs South Africa was going to be
Mark Boucher’s last series and he wanted to go out on a high with the
150th Test.  Boucher ended his carrer on 998 international dismissals,
including 555 from 147 Tests, which was a record. He also took a catch
in the field against West Indies when AB de Villiers was keeping.

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The Legendary Wicket-Keeper Retires from the game:-

Mark Boucher retired from international cricket after undergoing surgery on the
severe eye injury he sustained on the opening day against Somerset.

Boucher had to leave the field at the end of the 46th over of Somerset’s
innings on Monday when a googly from Imran Tahir hit the stumps and a
dislodged bail struck Boucher in the left eye. He was diagnosed with a
lacerated eyeball.

Mark Boucher’s career with Royal Challengers Bangalore:-

Boucher played 10 games for Royal Challengers Banagalore in the IPL
Season 1, which was followed by 12 games in the next season. 2010 was
his last season with RCB, as he went on the play five games. His total
scored 388 runs for RCB and played in total 27 matches.

In the inaugural IPL year for RCB he had an average of 32.14 with one
fifty which was RCB’s second best
batting average that year. He smashed 24 fours and six sixes in 2008.
The next year he scored 150 runs (average 30) in 12 games. Not a single
RCB fan or anyone will ever forget His 19-ball 39 not out that took RCB
home while chasing 166 against the Mumbai

His contributions made to the team Royal Challengers Bangalore cannot
be forgotten and he always played with commitment and determination for

RCB owner Sidhartha Mallya felt “sad” to hear about Boucher’s retirement after the injury.

“Sad to hear of @markb46 retirement….. especially given the
circumstances in which it took place…” Sidhartha (@sidharthamallya)


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A few words said by Boucher after his retirement ended with an injury:-

In a statement read out by Graeme Smith, Boucher said: “It is with
sadness, and in some pain, that I make this announcement. Due to the
severity of my eye injury, I will not be able to play international
cricket again.

“I had prepared for this UK tour as well, if not better than I have
prepared for any tour in my career. I had never anticipated announcing
my retirement now, but circumstances have dictated differently. I have a
number of thank you’s to make to people who have made significant
contributions during my International career, which I will do in due

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Replacement for Mark Boucher:-

There can be no replacements for Legends but when
one goes another has to come and take the place of fulfilling the same
duties. Thami Tsolekile, was named as the successor to Boucher,
However, the coach Gary Kirsten revealed that AB de Villiers who is also a brilliant player for Royal Challengers Bangalore would
take the
gloves for the first Test at The Oval. In the 1st innings of the 1st
Test match of England innings as England were bowled out for 385 runs, AB de Villiers took 5 fascinating catches behind the stumps. 

The Boucher-Kallis Friendship:-

When anyone thinks of Kallis-Boucher, the 1st thing
that comes up in their mind is their friendship. Their is a everlasting
friendship and both have supported each other tremendously well
throughout at any point of time. Their friendship is one of the best
example that can be talked off and no one is more sad that Kallis to see
mark Boucher retire from the game of cricket. Both had best times spent
together and always enjoyed playing along with each other for the South
African team. Be it on field or off field their friendship would be the
one which would be remembered by all. 

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We all Hope and wish for Mark Boucher that he does recovers fast from his eye-injury and
continues playing in the Indian Premier League and in other Leagues as
well. Even though he is not a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore after
he moved to Kolkata Knight Riders, all the RCB fans would wish for
Boucher’s speedy recovery
and comes back in the cricket field very soon.
“Kudos to the Legend.”



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Thanks Monish :):):) yeah a neat 1000 dismissals indeed :)
aka on 29 Jul 2012, 05:53 PM
@aka Nice piece Ayush, btw he has a wicket while bowling in Tests (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/208321.html) so that rounds it up to a nice 1000 dismissals
monish3 on 21 Jul 2012, 08:10 AM
Hello Karthik, yeah i have mentioned it the other way around in the blog as, Boucher ended his career on 998 international dismissals, including 555 from 147 Tests, which was a record. He also took a catchin the field against West Indies when AB de Villiers was keeping. :)
aka on 21 Jul 2012, 04:19 AM
@Ayush,I think he has 999 international dismissals.
karthik-shetty4 on 21 Jul 2012, 04:01 AM
Awesome words by a great legend.My favourite wicket-keeper of all time.The first ever RCBian to receive Man Of The Match Award.We miss you mate.Congrats for such an victorious career.Get Well Soon.We will miss you always Mark Boucher.
karthik-shetty4 on 21 Jul 2012, 04:01 AM