AJ Tye has decided to pull out of the rest of the IPL season, citing personal reasons. Rajasthan Royals now have only four overseas players in their squad, after several high-profile names have either withdrawn from the tournament or have been injured. Ben Stokes injured his figure during the first match against Punjab Kings, and flew back home last week.
Jofra Archer underwent a surgery on his hand on March 29, and is still recovering, which has ruled him out of the 2021 season. Liam Livingstone flew back home last week, as he cited bubble fatigue as the reason for his departure. Now, Andrew Tye is the fourth overseas player to leave the RR squad.
Tye is an experienced bowler, and has previously played for Punjab Kings and Gujarat Lions in IPL. The Australian pacer won the Purple Cap in 2018 with Punjab Kings. However, this season he had failed to play a single game. Mustafizur Rahman was give the nod over him to feature in the playing eleven.
The news was revealed by RR’s Director of Cricket Operations Kumar Sangakkara after the team’s victory over Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. “AJ (Andrew Tye) is leaving in the morning at 4 AM, so all of you boys who wanna say bye to him and thank you, he’s been part of the squad. He’s offered a lot of himself and his thoughts,” said the former Sri Lankan captain.
Rajasthan Royals returned back to winning ways after they secured a convincing victory over KKR at the Wankhede Stadium. Led by Sanju Samson, RR have now won two of first five matches this campaign. They will hope to build on their fine performance against KKR, despite their limited resources. Next up for Rajasthan Royals, are the defending champions, Mumbai Indians. The two sides clash against each other on April 20 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Jos Buttler has been out of form this season, and will hope to score runs on a consistent basis. Chris Morris delivered an astonishing performance against KKR on Saturday, picking up four wickets, which earned him the player of the match award.