PETALING JAYA: Bowler Daniel Lim was given the biggest break in his bowling career when he was named as Malaysia's representative for the AMF World Cup, which will be held in Singapore from Dec 5-12.
After toiling for eight years in the national team, Daniel made the grade for the prestigious tournament with a sensational run in international tournaments this year.
On Saturday, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) selection committee also named Shalin Zulkifli for tghe women's competition of the 40th edition of the World Cup.
Daniel and Shalin Zulkifli are on top of the national ranking with 688 and 871 points respectively.
The 28-year-old Daniel emerged as the Malaysian Open champion in March. He was the runner-up in the Opens in Thailand and Singapore.
He is also now the number one ranked male bowler in the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour after five legs.
For the burly Daniel, the recognition as the top bowler in the country is an achievement by itself.
I am excited to be picked for the World Cup for the first time by virtue of being the top ranked bowler in the country, said Daniel, who is a marketing executive of a shipping firm in Klang.
I have worked very hard in training and have achieved some good results. I will certainly do my best and try to finish among the top eight. But first, I hope to do well in the World Tenpin Team Cup.
The World Tenpin Team Cup will be played in Hoofddorp, Holland, from Nov 16-25 and Malaysia are the defending champions in both the men's and women's competitions.
The 26-year-old Shalin is looking forward to her seventh attempt to win the World Cup.
The World Cup is the only championship that I have yet to win after six attempts. But after talking to Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar, who won the World Cup in 1999 in his seventh attempt, I decided to give it another try, said Shalin.
Who knows, I will get lucky in my seventh attempt too.
Last year in Honduras, Shalin finished third after the round robin game to qualify for the top eight knock-out stage. But she was beaten in the first game by Filipino Jojo Canare.
She also suffered the same fate in 2000 and 2001. She made the stepladder finals three times before finishing as the runner-up in 1996 (Belfast) and ending up third twice in 1997 (Cairo) and 1998 (Kobe).