PETALING JAYA: Sabah could be parading the highest number of debutants in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) this year.
According to coach I. Vickneswaran, at least 10 of his charges will be making their MHL debuts.
And at the heart of that promising bunch is new recruit and 16-year-old striker, V. Sriraam.
The national Under-16 player, a student at Sunway University, said it was an honour to be part of the Sabah side and wants to make his mark in the MHL.
“I’m so thankful for this opportunity. It’s an excellent platform for us to showcase our talent and learn from the senior players, ” said Sriraam.
“I’ve played for Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan in the junior and MSSM tournaments and when this chance came to play for Sabah in the MHL, I quickly grabbed it.”
He also looks forward to playing with senior players like Jiwa Mohan, who can inspire the juniors to excel at a higher level.
For his own inspiration, Sriraam looks up to former national midfielder Keevan Raj as his idol.
“I remember playing a couple of social hockey games with him.
“He even taught me a couple of tricks. That’s the kind of player I want to be – creative and nifty.”
Keevan’s influence has certainly been beneficial. Sriraam won the top scorer award with KL in the national Under-14 competition in 2018.
He was also KL’s leading scorer in the national Under-16 tournament in 2019.
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