Andrew Tye has shown that a cricket career doesn't necessarily have to follow a universal set of rules. If that was the case, Tye, who made his debut for Western Australia at the age of 26 wouldn't have had the success that he has since enjoyed. From being a latecomer to state cricket, he has won the Purple Cap in just his second IPL season and has become one of the most lethal T20 bowlers in the world.
26 is not when you usually make your debut for your state side but that is what happened with Tye, who made his debut in the domestic One-Day competition against Queensland in 2013. He was an immediate success and finished second on the leading wicket-taker charts, with 13 scalps at an average of just 19.30. This was all before he even made his first-class debut against Tasmania at Hobart.
Since then, although he has played just nine first-class matches and 29 List-A games for Western Australia, he has emerged in a valuable weapon for Perth Scorchers in the BBL. His ability to hit yorkers almost at will and his incredible deception has made him a prized asset in the shortest format.
Chennai Super Kings signed him ahead of IPL 2015, even though he played no part in the tournament. However, it was no surprise to see that Gujarat Lions signed him up ahead of IPL 2016, especially after Aaron Finch called Tye the find of the tournament in BBL 04 as Perth Scorchers won their second title. But the surprise was that he was got for his base price of just 50 lakh. Although he played no part in the 2016 campaign, he played six games in the 10th edition of the IPL before injury curtailed what was turning out to be a breakout season.
In his IPL debut for Gujarat Lions against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he made history as he not only picked up a hat-trick but also registered the best figures by a bowler on IPL debut.
Unsurprisingly, he was the subject of a massive bidding war ahead of IPL 2018. Eventually, Kings XI Punjab secured his signature for 7.2 crores. He immediately repaid the faith shown in him by the side as he finished with 24 wickets and walked away with the Purple Cap, even though Kings XI failed to qualify for the IPL 2018 playoffs. However, he was released by the Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2020 IPL auction and was sold for ₹1 crore (US$140,000) to Rajasthan Royals for the 2020 season, where he will be hoping to stage a comeback.
Tye's incredible exploits in the BBL meant that he was included in the Australian T20 squad in early 2016 and made his international debut against India at Melbourne on 29 January 2016 at the age of 29. He was since named in Australia's squad for the 2016 World T20 in India and has been a regular feature in the Australia limited-overs side.
Although his returns for Australia in both ODIs and T20Is haven't been as good as his performances in the BBL and IPL, Tye will be hoping that a hat-trick on IPL debut and Purple Cap in his second IPL season are just the start of a fruitful career.
Andrew Tye made his ODI debut against England on 19 June 2018 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Batting first, Australia posted a mammoth total of 304, courtesy Aaron Finch's scintillating century. Tye also got a chance to wield the willow in the later stages of the game and he remained not out on 4. In the bowling department Tye bowled 10 overs but couldn't pick a single wicket as England chased down the total with 5 wickets to spare.
Andrew Tye (born 12 December 1986) is a modern day, limited overs specialist right-handed quick bowler. With an ability to bowl yorkers at will and enough variations to keep the batsmen on their toes, it is no surprise that he was one of the most sought after players in the T20 leagues around the world. Not many have the capability to achieve what Tye has achieved at the later stages of life.