Mark Verdon Boucher is a professional South African cricketer who plays for the South Africa national cricket team. He is a Wicket-Keeper for the team. Boucher is a right handed aggressive batsman who usually plays as the opening batsman for the team.
He attended Selborne College where he started playing as an amateur batsman. He made his test debut on October 17, 1997 against Pakistan and his ODI debut in January 16, 1988 against the New Zealand national team.
Currently the first choice wicket keeper for South Africa is Boucher and he is highly considered as one of the greatest wicketkeepers of South Africa and he is the holder of the record for the maximum dismissals in Test cricket.
Mark Boucher also has a successful batting career. He has a led the team to numerous victories. In his overall career he has played 114 test matches and 263 ODIs. He has an batting average of 30.05.
Boucher scored 147 not out while playing against Zimbabwe in only 68 balls on 20th September 2006. This was his first One day international century in which 100 runs were scored in only 44 balls which was the second fastest One day century ever. For South Africa Boucher has played in more than 100 continuous One day Internationals.
Boucher usually played as the vice captain of South Africa and led the team in four Tests during which there was a victory over Australia. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup Boucher started with a 21 ball fifty which at that time was the quickest in World Cup history.
In 2008 he was also a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in which he represented the Royal Challengers Banglore.
In the history of Test cricket Boucher is the first wicket keeper to have effected 400 dismissals. This feat was achieved in the Bank Alfalah Test Series on 10th October 2007 when he caught Danish Kaneria with Makhaya Ntini as the bowler at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore while playing against Pakistan.
Has a top score 147 not out in an ODI