I was nervous before my IPL debut, Gujarat Lions’ hat-trick hero Andrew Tye tells India Today

first_imgAndrew Tye was warming the benches in his first two seasons in the Indian Premier League but the Australia paceman grabbed his chance when it came along, taking five wickets including a hat-trick on debut to set up a first win for the Gujarat Lions in the ongoing 10th edition of the league.The 30-year-old Twenty20 specialist was part of the Chennai Super Kings squad in 2015 and was then picked up by Gujarat in 2016 but spent both editions sitting in the dugout waiting for his maiden opportunity in the cash-rich tournament.Tye’s opportunity finally arrived in the winless Lions’ home game at Rajkot against the Rising Pune Supergiant, who are led by Australia captain Steve Smith.Tye finished with match-winning figures of 5/17 as his side registered their first points of the 2017 season with a comprehensive seven-wicket win in their third match.Reflecting on his performance, Tye told India Today that he was nervous before his debut match.”I was nervous ahead of my IPL debut. I had a dream start to my IPL career. I was enjoying the moment,” he said.Tye struck in his first over, the sixth of the innings, to dismiss Rahul Tripathi and break a flourishing 64-run stand for the second wicket between the opener and Smith.He then picked up the big wicket of England all-rounder Ben Stokes with the first ball of his second over.Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur were out on the first three deliveries in the final over of the innings from Tye as Pune were restricted to 171/8. Gujarat then chased down the target with two overs to spare.advertisementTye also grabbed a lot of attention due to his much talked-about knuckle balls – a slower delivery which isn’t easy for the batsmen to read.He said bowling those deliveries was a difficult skill that he had mastered in England.   “I learnt the knuckle ball in England and worked hard and improvised it. It is a very hard skill to learn and took me six years to master,” Tye told India Today.(Watch Boria Majumdar in conversation with Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Andrew Tye on India Today at 7:30 PM today)last_img

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