'It was tough to watch from the couch,' says Boucher

2012-08-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — It was bittersweet. So said retired wicketkeeper Mark Boucher of SA’s win over England on Monday, which saw them take over the top spot in the world Test rankings.

The Proteas team dedicated their win to Boucher, who should have been playing in his 150th Test at Lord’s.

The veteran keeper suffered a career-ending eye injury during a warm-up match at Somerset before the Test series.

Boucher said yesterday he watched the whole series at home, where he is recovering from several operations.

Although there were a few tense moments, he said, he always knew the team would pull through.

“I was very excited because I knew what the victory meant to the whole team. It was tough to watch from the couch, but when I saw the guys walking out with the messages written on their shirts, it was a very special moment for me,” he said.

Captain Graeme Smith wrote on his shirt for the presentation: “We miss U Bouch”.

Boucher said he got lots of calls from the players afterwards.

“It made me feel a part of the team. It was really nice of them.

“I know how long and hard the guys worked for this,” he said.

“Lots of effort is put in behind the scenes by the whole team.

“It’s great to see that what you put in, you get out. I’m proud to part of the Proteas family.”

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