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Couldn’t have asked for better debut after 34-match wait: Tye


Rajkot : It was worth the wait for Australian pacer Andrew Tye, who possibly  couldn’t have asked for a better IPL debut after sitting in the dug-out for 34 matches across three editions and two teams.

Tye was also a part of the banned Chennai Super Kings outfit but mainly warmed the benches for two seasons.

He didn’t even get a game last season for the Gujarat Lions before his match-winning 5 for 17 including a hat-trick against Rising Pune Supergiant.

“I have waited for 34 matches to get my IPL debut but I wasn’t overawed or under pressure. I got a few wickets and it could not have been better debut for me,” an elated Tye said after the match.

Waiting in the wings can be frustrating but Tye has no complaints as he reckons that he has only become a better bowler.

“IPL is a great platform to develop one’s game under great coaches. Despite not getting a chance in playing eleven, I knew once the process is completed, I will get a chance, and when I was given a chance, I played without any pressure.”

Tye was satisfied with his execution of slower deliveries which enabled him to take a match-winning five-wicket-haul including a hat-trick on debut against Rising Pune Supergiant in an IPL encounter, on Friday. “Slower ball was my best ball in the match and I’m happy that it worked on the wicket,” Tye said after the match.

It was a dream debut for Tye whose 5 for 17 in 4 overs went a long way in restricting Supergiants to a manageable total.