Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Mark Boucher

By Sports Desk June 02, 2020
Mark Boucher Mark Boucher

Boucher was a genius behind the stumps that kept wickets to the likes of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn in their absolute prime.

As a lower middle-order batsman, he was symbolic of how traditionally deep South Africa have always batted. While not a holder of startling averages, he has produced plenty 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.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Mark Verdon Boucher

Born: December 3, 1976, East London, Cape Province

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Border, Cape Cobras, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: South Africa (1998-2011)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs      HS     Ave     BF       SR        100s    50s     4s      6s      Ct     St

295      221     57      4686      147*  28.57   5528   84.76         1      26      356     83     403    22

 

Career Highlights

  • Most catches taken by a wicketkeeper in all forms of international cricket (952)
  • First place when paired with Makhaya Ntini for most successful bowler/wicketkeeper combinations with 75 dismissals.
  • Most dismissals in international cricket (998)
  • 4th most dismissals in ODIs (424)
  • 2nd fastest ODI century by a South African (44 balls)
  • 4th fastest half-century in World Cup history (21 balls)
  • 5th fastest half-century in World Cup history (22 balls)

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