Port Elizabeth:His phone does not stop ringing but Mashrafe Mortaza, Kolkata Knight Riders' prized scalp in auction, does not know what to say to his impatient fans who want to know when he would get to play his first IPL match.
The Bangladesh pacer was the star of the February 6 auction in which KKR won a tug-of-war with Kings XI Punjab to bag the pacer, shelling out a whopping $650,000.
Since then, the pacer has been travelling and practising with the team but is yet to play a match.
"It has been difficult," conceded the Bangla pacer, who keeps getting calls from fans back home, all asking when he would play his first match.
"When I was signed up, I just wanted to bowl well and play well. I will keep working hard," the pacer told the official IPL website.
"But I am looking forward to getting chances and doing well," Mortaza said, hoping against hopes.
The IPL teams cannot play more than four foreigners and Mortaza understands the predicament.
"Whenever I speak to the team management, they speak positive things. It is tough because you have 10 overseas players and a team can pick only four. They have a tough job," he said.
"There are other guys also who are not playing. As I said only four overseas players can be in the XI. But I leave everything to the management. I am not worried about that. I am not thinking about it. I have to show what I can do and I will do that," said the pacer.
What further dampens him is the fact that his team is not doing well either.
"All the guys are disappointed. I am a KKR player and I am also disappointed. We have to remain positive. It also depends on luck. Luck is not favouring our side," he said.
Till he gets a match, Mortaza is keeping busy himself watching and learning from other quicks and is most impressed by Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga.
"My favourite is Lasith Malinga because he is capable of such wonderful performances," he said.