Shy Nur Rahull prefers to let his stick do the talking


Under siege: Nur Rahull (centre) fights for the ball against two Maybank players.

PETALING JAYA: Camera and media-shy Nur Rahull Hrshikesa Tatchana Murthy is a man of few words.

The 22-year-old believes actions speak louder than words.

And that’s why when he picks up a hockey stick, he turns into a much feared striker.

His scoring prowess was quite evident despite playing for bottom side Nur Insafi in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) earlier this year.

Nur Rahull scored 14 goals, of which 11 were field goals and three from penalty corners.

He was a standout, thanks to his work rate and goal scoring abilities but did not make the selection for the national training camp in March under former national coach Roelant Oltmans.

However, new coach A. Arul Selvaraj has decided to give him a chance by naming him in the current 38-men centralised training squad.

“To be honest, I was shocked when I got the call-up. I did not expect it. And when I met coach Arul, I was nervous, but at the same time, I was thankful that he gave me a chance, ” said Nur Rahull.

“Coach Arul always says hard work beats talent. I’ve to do that if I want to be part of his 25-man squad.”

Nur Rahull will be competing with the likes of Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Ahmad Jalil, Mohd Haziq Shamsul, Mohd Azrai Aizad Abu Kamal, Faizal Saari, Mohd Nor Firdaus Rosdi, Syamil Azim Dzulkafly, Mohd Shahril Saabah and Mohd Firhan Ashaari for a spot in the forward line.

“Many of them are experienced. For sure, I will ask for their guidance during training.

“If I’m selected, it will be an honour, but if I am not, I will work harder.

“From this stint, I will learn as much as possible and keep training. Just like coach Arul said – hard work and work hard – will be in my head all the time.

“I’m still young and there are lots of things to learn to become a top player.”

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