Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, who suffered a serious eye injury in July last year, after being struck on his left eye by a bail, has found a new boy as his hero.
by BIPIN DANI
“On Wednesday I had arranged to meet a young boy who had suffered the identical injury to me at the beginning of this year. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the injury though, unlike me and the bail went straight through his helmet into his left eye”, the 37-year-old Boucher, who holds the record for the most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper, said from South Africa.
Sadly, the 10-year-old boy has been left without sight. The Grade 5 student in Camps Bay Primary School is a big fan of Boucher.
“This little guy is my hero! Same accident as me and he chooses to move on in life as if nothing has happened”, he adds.
“We arranged to surprise him at his school in Camps Bay and then to take him for lunch and he had no idea I was coming. It was fun to see his face when his teacher told him that I was there for him and to take him out”.
“It is still quite surprising to me when I realize the impact that we as sportsmen have on young kids and it was so good to see his classmates being so supportive of this surprise”.
“My agent Donne and I took Storm for lunch and we chatted for about 2 hours about his injury, how he was feeling and what he thought about his future”, he added.
“He is an amazing young man – very bright – he won a Science award for building a lego robot that can solve a rubiks cube!! He wants to study at MIT in the USA one day. We joked that maybe he could invent something to fix our eyes”.
“I am going to stay close to this guy! We also spoke about the fact that he really still could do anything with his life and that there are people who are in way worse positions than us. I hope I made Storm feel a bit better – it was certainly amazing for me to spend time with this great kid and I will definitely be staying in touch with him”, Boucher concluded.
The boy’s parents have expressed how this meeting has changed this boys life and given hope after a cloudy time.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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