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Mark Boucher

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:01 IST
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 Date of Birth: 3 December 1976, East London, Cape Province
 Test Debut: Against Pakistan at Sheikupura in 1997/98
 ODI Debut: Against New Zealand at Perth in 1997/98
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Other: Wicket-Keeper

Given the number of cricketing records he holds, it is no wonder the vice-captain has earned the name "Guinness".

The most successful wicket-keeper in South African history has reached the double of 1,000 runs and 100 dismissals, was the fastest in the world to 100 ODI catches (in his 65th match) and the quickest to 150 Test dismissals (38 Tests).

Has hit four centuries in Test cricket and his batting average, at under 30 and his fifteen fifties in ODIs indicate he can often be relied upon to add late runs, at times they can be match-winning ones.

Boucher made his Test debut when he was rushed to Sheikhupura and then for South Africa's 1997-98 tour of Australia to stand in for the injured Dave Richardson.

Eventually he took over as the first choice keeper when Richardson retired at the end of 1997-98. Since then he has made the position behind the stumps his own, Boucher has proved more than an able deputy, showing impressive leadership qualities when called on.

In the modern trend of 'keepers, his batting is solid too.