Legendary wicket keeper Mark Boucher said good bye for International Cricket after an eye injury caused during a match against Somerset yesterday.
Boucher' s injury was different and caused when Gemaal Hussain had a slog at a length ball from South Africa's leg-spinner Imran Tahir. His face wasn't as close to the stumps as Downton's was, yet the damage, which required a lengthy operation, has been more serious with the possibility that he could lose the sight in his left eye.
Boucher played 147 Tests and currently holds the world record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper with 555. He also claimed 425 dismissals in one day internationals.
The three-time South African player of the year (1998, 2000 and 2006) finishes with a Test batting average of 30.30, having scored 5515 runs, and a one day international batting average of 28.57, from 4686 runs scored.
"It is with sadness, and in some pain, that I make this announcement," said Boucher in his statement. "Due to the severity of my eye injury, I will not be able to play international cricket again.
"I had prepared for this UK tour as well, if not better than I have prepared for any tour in my career. I had never anticipated announcing my retirement now, but circumstances have dictated differently.
"I would like to thank the huge number of people, many of whom are strangers, for their heartfelt support during the past 24 hours. I am deeply touched by all the well wishes. I wish the team well in the UK, as I head home and onto a road of uncertain recovery."
Boucher added on Twitter: Your support for me has brought me to my knees. I can't thank you all enough.
Mark Boucher Involved in 999 International dismissals so far.
Test: 555 / ODI: 425 / T20: 19