A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Boucher still one catch away from huge milestone

Boucher is just one catch away from 1000


South African wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher, will have to wait till July, when his team play against England, to take his 1000th catch as a keeper.

Boucher, who currently has 999 catches, will become the first wicketkeeper in cricketing history to take 1000 catches.

He claimed his 999th catch against New Zealand in the third test, when he caught opener Daniel Flynn, after the ball had brushed his gloves, off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

However, he was unable to take another catch throughout the rest of the New Zealand innings, as the match ended in a draw.

Boucher’s achievement is expected to come at The Oval, when South Africa play England in the first test on the 19th of July.

His 999 catches, include 555 in Test matches, 425 in ODIs, and 19 in Twenty20 Internationals.

Retired Australian wicketkeeper, Adam Gilchrist, is the second-highest on the list with 905, while the closest current keeper to Boucher’s record is Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who has just over 600 catches in all formats of the game.

South African fans will be hoping that Boucher can accomplish this milestone as early as possible in the England series, so that it will not upset him concentration throughout the rest of the tour.

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