Gujarat Lions‘ (GL) bowler Andrew Tye has been ruled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 with a dislocated shoulder. Tye, who picked up a five-for on his IPL debut, has been a vital cog of an inconsistent GL line-up. GL’s bowlers had been under the scanner for losing out on crunch moments, but Tye’s presence led to some sort of revival. In 6 games, Tye struck with 12 breakthroughs with a strike rate of 10.50 and an economy rate below 7. The incident happened in the 11th over of the nerve-wrecking encounter when GL were defending 154 against two-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI). IPL 2017: Twitterati go berserk after Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja’s sensational feats in Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Mumbai Indians (MI) match
Tye issued a statement speaking about his injury. “Shoulder popped out of socket, will be flying home”, stated the Australian. Tye had a memorable IPL debut in the game against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). Picking up the crucial scalps of Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary, he broke RPS’ backbone and finished with a spell of 4-0-17-5, including a hat-trick. He was not done yet and sprung up another impressive performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 31 of IPL 10. He sent back Chris Gayle, Travis Head and Mandeep Singh to end with 3 for 12. His knuckle ball became difficult for the batsmen to pick especially in the death overs and it also became one of the talking points this season.
GL will dearly miss Tye’s services as he was the leader of their pace attack. His death bowling also became handy for a side who are fighting hard for survival in the tournament. GL, with only 3 victories, are sitting at the fifth spot in the points table and will need to find a replacement for the pacer in a bid to bring their campaign on track. GL are already without the services of their prolific all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.