Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has been roped in as a wicketkeeping consultant by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the remainder of IPL 2016. At present, the Kolkata-based franchisee are atop the Indian Premier League standings with six wins from nine games (as on May 5).
Boucher, 39, played for KKR back in 2011 but started his IPL career in 2008 with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He is now the second South African, besides former Proteas teammate and KKR head coach Jacques Kallis, to join the KKR coaching set-up.
"Yes, we have roped in Mark Boucher as the wicket-keeping consultant," a KKR source told IANS.
Robin Uthappa and Sheldon Jackson are the only two wicketkeepers in the KKR squad in IPL 2016. In all the matches so far, only Uthappa has kept the wickets and has performed impressively with the bat too as he has scored 313 runs from nine games.
Boucher, referred to as one of the best wicketkeepers to have played for South Africa, appeared in a total of 25 T20Is in his career and scored 268 runs. A freak eye injury in 2012 forced him to quit all forms of the game.