KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may have finished a poor 10th in hockey's Junior World Cup in Rotterdam but midfielder Kelvinder Singh (pic) made the country proud when he was voted the most promising player.
Now the 20-year-old Bangsar lad hopes to earn a place in the national senior team for the World Cup qualifiers in China next year.
Kelvinder, who was dropped from the Junior Asia Cup team in Karachi last year, said he never dreamt that he would be selected as the best player in the Junior World Cup.
I was surprised when my name was called after the final match last Sunday as the most promising player. I received a plaque for my efforts.
Kelvinder, a former Royal Military College (RMC) student, is now aiming higher.
I believe I have a chance of being called up for the national senior training after my success in Rotterdam. However, I have to continue giving my best in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) starting next week, he said.
He will feature for defending overall champions Tenaga Nasional in the MHL. Last year, he was also named as the most promising player in the MHL.