IPL will hit a major milestone on Sunday. The Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals encounter will be the 1000th match in the history of the tournament. Interestingly, only one player is common between the 1st and the 1000th game. The first match was between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008. Mark Boucher was the wicket-keeper for RCB in that keep. He is the Head Coach of Mumbai Indians right now. Here, we take a look at how Twitter reacted as Mark Boucher becomes the only player to be involved in the 1st and 1000th IPL match.
The 1000th match of IPL is between MI and RR
When IPL started, not many expected it to reach the levels that it has reached now. At the moment, both in terms of popularity and commercial value, IPL is competing with the likes of the NFL and Premier League. This is a big feat for a sport that is not played in all the nations across the globe.
Apart from the revenue that it has brought, IPL has been responsible for the growth of cricket, especially in India. The country now has a plethora of options when you take into consideration each position in the playing XI. Some of the IPL stars have also done well in Tests. Major examples include the likes of Jasprit Bumrah. Overall, the contribution of the IPL to both Indian and world cricket has been massive.
Twitter reacts to the monumental feat
While IPL his hitting a milestone, Mark Boucher would be proud to know that he is part of both the historic games. At RCB, he was the first-choice keeper. Later, he operated at KKR for a while. Now, after his stint with South Africa as the Head Coach, he is donning the same role for the most successful IPL franchise – Mumbai Indians.
No. Mark Boucher.
Played the 1st match for RCB, now MI Head Coach.Advertisement
— Ajinkya Dhamdhere (@ajinkyasd) April 30, 2023
Mark Boucher it is!
In a recent in-game interview for MI he mentioned how destructive it was to watch Baz set the IPL on fire!Advertisement
To witness 1000 different games, different players, emotions up and down is incredible! https://t.co/m6UTKjYblJ
— Pranav Nair (@leg_gully) April 30, 2023
Nantie Hayward, Ntini, Douglas Gain, Dippanear, Pierre Joubert, Prince… SA U19 side.
Yes, the first time I also heard about M Boucher via… https://t.co/DmL9T56kuYAdvertisement
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) April 30, 2023
— Waarish Khan PATHAAN 🦁👑😍😎 (@WarisKh73892101) April 30, 2023
Dhoni finishing the game❤️ https://t.co/JCtFTtu2JWAdvertisement
— Harshit Satyawali (@Harshit6544) April 30, 2023