The reverse fixture between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is currently in progress at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first as they had anticipated the pitch to get slower which is what exactly happened. Jos Buttler got them off to a flyer and threatened to take the game away from Punjab but Andrew Tye bowled beautifully and scalped 4 wickets to grab the purple cap. However, he was kissing a black armband after picking every wicket and revealed the reason for the same in the mid-innings interview.
Tye got emotional when he was asked about the same and cleared that his grandmother had passed away today and dedicated the cap to her and his family. He also credited his teammates for standing by him during his tough times and thanked them.
“I try not to be too predictable. My Grandma passed away today, so I’d like to dedicate this performance to her and all my family. This has been an emotional match for me. It was a pretty tough day, I always love playing cricket. We are a great bunch of guys here. Batsmen are allowed to play good shots, sometimes batsmen hit best balls for six but sometimes they play rash shots too. Pitch is bit slow and low, I think new ball will be crucial for us. I am backing my boys to get to this total,” Tye said while having tears in his eyes.
Fans on Twitter showed their love and respect for Andrew Tye for putting up such a good show on one of the most difficult days of his life.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions:
Take a bow, Andrew Tye.
It takes a legend to come out and play so well after losing a loved one.
Just goes to show much the game means to him.#RRvKXIP
— Shiv (@ForwardDefence) May 8, 2018
— PP (@PrashantSport) May 8, 2018
Andrew Tye dedicates that performance to his grandmom, absolutely breaks down in the interview. Such a touching moment.#RRvKXIP
— Arvind Ramachander (@arvindia4u) May 8, 2018
— Anubhav chaturvedi (@Anubhav_chaubey) May 8, 2018
Despite the circumstances, Andrew Tye produces a fantastic performance. #RRvKXIP
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) May 8, 2018
Andrew Tye's grandmother expired & he dedicates the purple cap for her in tears.
— arfan (@Im__Arfan) May 8, 2018
U again proved that cricket is not just a game @aj191 fantastic performance and u kept the emotion alive ❤️ sad to heard about ur grandmother more power to u and ur family🙏 #KXIP @lionsdenkxip #RRvKXIP #andrewtye #Emotions #starsports
— shubham chauhan (@shubham39938936) May 8, 2018
Andrew Tye's grandma must be feeling proud of him.
Good on part of Greame Smith to divert the interview to happier mode and ending it with smiles. #RRvKXIP
— Niharika Raina (@niharika_raina) May 8, 2018
What a dedication raa…#AndrewTye..
His Grandmother passed away, he couldn't return home, played for KXIP and dedicated his 4/34 spell to her.
— Srinivas (@SreeNilay003) May 8, 2018
— विद्रोही (@Rebel_Mutineer) May 8, 2018
Respect Andrew tye 🙏 may her soul rest in peace
— ABHI (@ABHINAV_HR) May 8, 2018