Indian Premier League 2017
Injured Tye ruled out of IPL
Western Australian set to leave India soon as rehab starts on his injured wing
30 April 2017, 10:29 PM AEST
Andrew Tye’s Indian Premier League season is over after dislocating his shoulder in Gujarat Lions’ thrilling Super Over loss to Mumbai Indians on Saturday.
In an incident reminiscent of the injury suffered by countryman Chris Lynn earlier in the tournament, Tye appeared to be in serious pain after falling on his shoulder diving for a ball in the field.
With Mumbai at 2-82 chasing of the hosts’ 153, Parthiv Patel struck one to Tye’s right at deep mid-wicket.
The fast-bowler made good ground in pursuit of the firmly hit stroke, managing to get his right hand on to the ball as he dived forward in his attempt to save a boundary.
But as the ball rolled away for four, Tye clutched his left shoulder and appeared to be in severe discomfort.
The 30-year-old was attended to by the Gujarat physio and the Lions’ Australian coach Brad Hodge, before being stretchered off the Rajkot ground.
"The shoulder popped out of the socket and remained out for a while," Tye said. "They put it back in at the hospital.
"The extent of the damage is still unknown. I will be flying home in the next couple of days to figure that out.
"And as for the recovery time, I am not too sure at the moment, but hopefully it's not too long."
Having sat on the bench for the two preceding seasons of the lucrative tournament, the Western Australian had an IPL debut to remember earlier in the competition.
He completed a hat-trick against Pune and finished with 5-17 from his four overs in a match-winning effort, and currently sits equals third on the IPL leading wicket-takers list with 12 scalps from just six games.
"Unfortunately this is the end of the tournament for me," Tye added.
"As heartbreaking as it is, I have enjoyed my time here.
"The people at Gujarat Lions have looked after me well. The fans have been unbelievable.
"The messages of support and good wishes I have got from everyone have been overwhelming.
"All I can say is, thanks to the fans and the franchise for giving me this opportunity and hopefully I will be back in the IPL next year."
It’s not the first time Tye has hurt his left shoulder, having dislocated it while fielding for Scraborough in a Perth Premier Cricket match in December.
Scans revealed minor structural damage in that instance but he recovered in time to be a key figure in the Perth Scorchers KFC Big Bash League-winning campaign.