Simon Katich Medallist Andrew Tye has reflected back to three weeks prior to BBL|06 when he thought he’d miss the whole tournament after dislocating his shoulder.
Tye was crowned the Scorchers best player for BBL|06 with the Simon Katich Medal at Friday’s Laurie Sawle Medal Night at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
However, the 30-year-old fast bowler’s participation in the tournament was at risk when he dislocated his shoulder fielding for Premier Cricket club Scarborough in a T20 match shortly prior to the side’s season opener.
Tye ended up not missing a game, taking 10 scalps in 10 matches to finish in BBL|06’s top 10 wicket-takers.
“I was completely caught off guard,” said Tye, when he recalled his name being called out as the winner.
“I wish I’d mentioned it in my speech, 19 days out from comp when I dislocated my shoulder, I didn’t even think I was going to be playing a part in it.
“The work that Jonesy (physiotherapist Nick Jones) did with me and helped me get back on the park and win this medal, it’s something I’ll cherish forever.”
Tye was humbled by the award, acknowledging there was plenty of other worthy candidates.
“Every match there was someone who put a match-winning performance,” Tye said.
“It could’ve easily been Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Ash Turner, Ian Bell, I could name the whole team.
“The fact I’ve come out on top is a truly wonderful feeling.”
Tye flew out of Perth for India on Saturday, linking up with the Gujarat Lions to play in the Indian Premier League which starts this week.
The quick will likely come across the medal’s namesake, with Katich an assistant coach at Kolkata Knight Riders.
“I can’t wait to actually see Kato over in India,” Tye beamed.
“I’ll give him a big bearhug and say ‘mate I’m so proud to be part of your medal’.”