West Indies v South Africa, 2nd Test, St Kitts, 4th day

Mark Boucher celebrates 500 dismissals

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June 22, 2010

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Mark Boucher takes a brilliant diving catch to dismiss Alastair Cook, England v South Africa, 1st Test, Edgbaston, August 1, 2008
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Mark Boucher, the South Africa wicketkeeper, reached yet another landmark during the fourth day of the second Test against West Indies in St Kitts, notching up his 500th dismissal. An edge from Ravi Rampaul off Morne Morkel was snapped up by Boucher to mark the historic moment, as he became the first wicketkeeper to get there.

Boucher is the most successful Test wicketkeeper till date, with 478 catches and 22 stumpings, and is now the only wicketkeeper to have scored in excess of 5000 runs and effected 500 dismissals. It will be a while before the record is broken, as the next 13 members on the list of most successful wicketkeepers have all retired. Kamran Akmal, with 181 dismissals to his name, is 14th.

Boucher had been excluded from the initial few games on this tour, with AB de Villiers preferred as the wicket-keeper batsman and the milestone, one of the few highlights of what has so far been a dull Test, came as welcome relief. "I have kept wicket to some fantastic bowlers and also on wickets that at times have been friendly to bowlers," Boucher said. "It has been a hard month for me and it is nice for me to have something to smile about.

"Once you have played international cricket for as long as I have done you tend to look back on what you have done and also to look to the future. I would like to carry on playing Test cricket for a while now. I also have goals on the one-day front and I will keep working on my game to become a better cricketer both for myself and for South Africa."

Earlier in the game, Jacques Kallis reached 11,000 runs in Tests on his way to his 35th Test century. He remains the only player to have scored more than 10,000 runs and grab 200 or more wickets, and is currently sixth in the list of highest run-getters in the format.

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Posted by Yuvvaa on (June 22, 2010, 16:46 GMT)

Take a Bow-cher!!! u rock :)

Posted by Yuvvaa on (June 22, 2010, 16:44 GMT)

Take a Bow-cher!!! u rock :)

Posted by Seamonstr on (June 22, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

Congrats Bouchy my boy! And of course King Kallis :-)

Posted by Crazythhbsrth on (June 22, 2010, 12:14 GMT)

Mark E Mark! You biscuit!!

Posted by Mels04 on (June 22, 2010, 11:57 GMT)

congrats to Mark Boucher , Kallis and Smith for reaching milestones. Yes Mark is greatest of alltime but due to lack of performance with bat his is not selected among RSA best 11 of allrime. Yes i stand by selectors decision to drop him from odi, same with Gibbs best fielder but poor batsman, Smith should also be dropped as odi capt and let Botha be odi capt. Leave AB as specialist batsman who can field well too. Let Reino Kuhn or Tsolike or D Smit keep the wicket at odi and t20. As for Amla and Pieterson keep up good performance we gonna need you as our next generation becos Kallis, Boucher and Prince might retire after 2011 world cup. Last employe S Pollock as fast bowler Coach to groom Wayne, Tsotsobe, R Myclaren and Albie an Morne Morkel

Posted by __PK on (June 22, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

How good is it to see a proper keeper who gets runs, rather than a proper batsman who can stand behind the stumps! Hopefully the 21st century's endangered species, specialist keepers and opening batsmen will survive for many years to come.

Posted by riskrao on (June 22, 2010, 9:53 GMT)

mark boucher has been fantastic throughout his career. it would be even big if he continues to keep wkts in odi's as well. i am sure that his record will be really hard to break both in odi's and tests. i did select him in cricinfo's SA all time eleven team. he is an legend as far as i am concerned. i am sure that he'll be playing for SA for atleast another 4 years. in odi's he can be used as an pinch hitter which he is capable of and his record in odi's will be even bigger. i don't have words to describe his legacy and greatness. as far as kallis is concerned he is just adding another feather to his cap and to say an double century is eluding him in his illustrious career. these two have been great for SA, unfortunately boucher missed the captaincy. all the best to both of them in the coming years.

Posted by rahu367 on (June 22, 2010, 9:41 GMT)

BOUCHER IS A GR8 PLAYER . HE HAS NO REPLACEMENT RSA WERE CHASING GHOSTS BY REPLACING HIM BY AB DE VILLIERS

Posted by klempie on (June 22, 2010, 9:38 GMT)

Well done china! At the moment everyone is focussed on the FIFA World Cup so you're not getting much attention but those of us still following OTHER sport have noted your achievement and we're all hugely proud Saffers! On to 600!

Posted by kesh11592 on (June 22, 2010, 9:05 GMT)

well done mark boucher! it is really nice to see such a committed wicketkeeper like u! congrats,sir for your achievement ! hats off!

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