Mark Boucher receives words of encouragement on Twitter

Mark Boucher was hit in the face when a bail ricocheted off the stumps as Gemaal Hussain was bowled off Imran Tahir Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jul 10, 2012

South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, who has suffered a blow on his left eye in the warm-up match against Somerset, got words of encouragement from his countrymen and others on microblogging site Twitter.

The 35-year-old was hit in the face when a bail ricocheted off the stumps as Gemaal Hussain was bowled off Imran Tahir.

South Africa coach Gary Kirsten wrote on his twitter page: “Special thoughts and prayers for Bouch as he undergoes eye surgery. Tough day for us all as we see one of cricketing warriors get badly hurt.”

Boucher was standing up to the stumps, but he was wearing a cap rather than a helmet. After treatment on the field, Boucher was helped off with blood coming from his left eye.

“I m sure @markb46 will be all good after op!hard as nails!!!speedy recovery my boy!!!,” tweeted Roelof van der Merwe.

Opening batsman Alviro Peterson wrote on twitter: “@markb46 in for surgery on his eye. Hope to hear good news mate! #ProteaFire!.”

Pacer Vernon Philander also had words of encouragement for Boucher. He tweeted “@markb46 good luck with the opp champ, our thoughts and prayers are with you. #champion.”

AB de Villiers, who took over the wicketkeeping duties from Boucher, said: “Thinking of you my Staffie @markb46 !!! Fight like never before my bud. We`ll be there for you.”

England players also had words of encouragement to offer to Boucher on Twitter.

All-rounder Stuart Broad tweeted, “Sounds a horrible injury to Mark Boucher really hope he’s ok. My thoughts are with him”

Former England wicket-keeper Geraint Jones wrote on Twitter: “Best wishes go to Mark Boucher for full recovery from his eye injury. He’s on 999 international dismissals, hope gets chance to get 1000.”