IPL will boost my confidence: MortazaApril 5th, 2009 - 12:40 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 4 (IANS) Bangladesh pacer Mashrafe Mortaza feels turning out in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will boost his confidence.
Confident about performing well in the coming edition of the cash-rich league in South Africa, Mortaza said his inclusion will increase the IPL fan following in his country.
“It feels great that I’ve got a chance to play for a strong side like the Kolkata Knight Riders,” Mortaza told reporters on his arrival here Saturday.
Mortaza, who has scored 90 runs and taken nine wickets in nine Twenty20 matches, said he saw no problem playing in the IPL for the first time.
“I am confident of myself. I am sure it won’t be a problem to take the responsibility and perform. I’ll be playing in the IPL for the first time. My confidence definitely will get a boost in playing with big cricketers in the IPL,” he said.
Mortaza is excited at getting to play with Sourav Ganguly.
“I will play with a great cricketer like Ganguly. I’m really excited to play with him. Obviously, he will give me some tips when I meet him in a one-on-one,” Mortaza said.
However, Mortaza regretted that the KKR would not get to play their home matches in Kolkata. “We will miss playing in Kolkata. There would have been many supporters here to cheer us on. But at the same time, I feel the tournament will be equally successful in South Africa.”
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