I grew up admiring Ian Healy: Boucher
After breaking Healy's world record of highest number of dismissals by a wicketkeeper, Boucher pours in praises for the Australian great.cricket Updated: Oct 29, 2007 13:57 IST
After breaking Ian Healy's world record to become the wicketkeeper with the highest number of Test dismissals, South Africa's Mark Boucher on Wednesday said he grew up admiring the Australian's work behind the stumps.
"Healy is someone who I used to watch on TV and love the way he kept. So it is also sad to break such a good keeper's record. But I have played enough Tests so this had to come along," Boucher said after the third day's play in the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi.
The South African wicketkeeper set the record in his 103rd Test making two stumpings off left-arm spinner Paul Harris' bowling to get to 396 dismissals, one more than Healy.
Boucher said he was not a man for stats and felt if his team could end up winning the Test it would be the icing on the cake for him.
"Obviously it is a great feeling for me to break such a good wicketkeeper's record. But the bottom line for me is if we can pull off a win in this Test. It will probably be the cherry on top for me," he told reporters.
Boucher, however, said that breaking the record was probably the best achievement for him as a South African cricketer.
Boucher and Harris, who took five wickets in Pakistan's first innings, put South Africa in the driver's seat in the match. He was happy to see the way Harris bowled to take his five wickets.
Boucher joked that the second stumping that gave him the record was not actually a stumping, but an edge.
"But let us say it is stumping. But Harris really bowled well and because he is tall he gets a lot of bounce and plus he is also consistent in the areas he puts the ball in. He dried up one end for us in the day and bowled lot of pressure balls. It is great for South African cricket to have a spinner do that."
Both Boucher and Harris were confident that if South Africa could get an overall lead of 320 to 350, it would be difficult for Pakistan to chase it down.
"I think the first innings lead of 160 that we got today is like a goldmine on this pitch. If we extend our lead to 350 it would be a bonus for us."
After making 450, South Africa bowled out Pakistan for 291 on a spinning track and were 76 for three at close on the third day, an overall lead of 235 runs.
Harris said he was delighted with his performance but would like to end the match by bowling his team to victory. He is guided in South Africa by Pakistan's former coach Richard Pybus and said he had helped him become a mentally tough cricketer and also shown him how to turn the ball.
Harris has played five Tests - one against India and four against Pakistan - and said he enjoyed bowling to batsmen considered to be the best against spin bowling.
First Published: Oct 04, 2007 13:06 IST