Boucher had a never-say-die attitude: Ray Jennings

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Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 12:24 [IST]
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RCB coach Jennings hails Boucher

Cape Town, Jul 11: Mark Boucher's former mentor Ray Jennings, coach of IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore heaped praise on the South African stumper and said his work ethic was second to none was known for his never-say-die attitude.

"His work ethic is second to none, he just has the fighting, never-say-die spirit. So that when there's pressure, he actually gets excited," Jennings told the Cape Times on Tuesday.

Jennings also said that Boucher's retirement has created a void in the South African team as it is very difficult to replace a champion like him who has effected 998 dismissals so far, the highest by any wicket-keeper.

"He is going to be absolutely difficult to replace. On and off the field.

"His experience, coupled with all the knowledge gained over the past 15 years, has been invaluable to all the bowlers and captains.

Jennings, who was also the coach of the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, has worked with Mark Boucher as he represented the same team for the first three editions and was considered to be the best glovesman.

Ray Jennings, Boucher's former mentor, said the stumper's ability to return to the side was highly commendable.

"His ability to come back was also incredible. He just fought, and fought, and even when I dropped him in 2004, he just fought his way back again."

With the most experienced stumper, who has effected 998 dismissals, and is considered to be the best, his retirement has indeed created a void in the team, as it is impossible to replace Mark Boucher.


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