Mumbai Indians hosting Rajasthan Royals on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium created Indian Premier League history as it marked a 1000th match in the tournament’s history.
Ahead of the game, captains of the both the teams were handed mementos by the BCCI and IPL officials present including the board Secretary Jay Shah. Also present and rewarded with mementos were RR head coach Kumar Sangakkara and former MI captain Sachin Tendulkar.
“As we approach the 1000th match of the IPL, it’s clear that the league has become an integral part of the cricketing landscape in India and around the world. Over the years, we’ve seen countless players rise to the occasion and seize their opportunities, showcasing their skills and entertaining fans in the process. I have no doubt that the IPL will only continue to grow in the coming years, providing a platform for the best and brightest in the game,” Shah tweeted.
Special mementos for two very special individuals
Mr. Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary of BCCI presents the award to @sachin_rt & Mr. Ashish Shelar, Honorary Treasurer, BCCI presents the award to @KumarSanga2 @JayShah | @ShelarAshish | #IPL1000 | #TATAIPL | #MIvRR pic.twitter.com/ImREkGwdLs
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2023
Earlier, former India captain Anil Kumble, who was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side that featured in the first ever IPL match in 2008, said, “Nobody thought something like this will start in 2008. For it to continue for so long. the players that have come, some of them haven’t played for India but have made a name for themselves. even for the overseas players to come and play here. The money that has come into the game…it has given a security to those who want to play the game. even the game has come far.”
The historic match featured teams on two contrasting ends of the points table. While Rajasthan have five wins off eight games and sit second, Mumbai have won three and lost four games this season and sit ninth in the 10-team table.