AFTER coming to terms with the “shock” of being selected to represent Malaysia at the AMF Bowling World Cup in Palembang, Indonesia on Nov 16-24, Natasha Roslan has vowed to come out on top.
The 23-year-old, who bagged the 2016 World Youth Masters title, believes it’s high time she stamped her mark as a senior member of the national squad.
The Selangor-born, who was a member of the 2017 World Championships winning team, is no stranger to top level bowling, but having to shoulder the hopes of a nation on her own is a whole new experience.
Despite the pressure, Natasha is looking forward to shine at the World Cup.
When contacted by Timesport, Natasha said: “When MTBC (Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress) informed me that I was selected, I was shocked because the World Cup is such a prestigious tournament.
“But I know MTBC will not have named me if they did not believe in me. I want to repay that trust by living up to their expectations.
“Previously in other major tournaments, I have always had the backing of my senior teammates, but this time I have the chance to make a name for myself.
“I won the World Youth title in 2016 and I am looking forward to add the World Cup to my winning collection, despite feeling the pressure.”
Apart from Natasha who will bowl in the women’s event, 2018 World Championships doubles champion, Adrian Ang was named for the men’s event.
“I’m very happy to be making this trip with Adrian.
“As a senior teammate, I am sure he would help me through this,” added Natasha, who according to MTBC is one of the most consistent bowlers in the national squad.
MTBC secretary general, Maradona Chok, said: “After conquering Asia (2019 Asian Championships), we are looking at another good showing. It’s time for two of our most consistent players to step up.
“We have great confidence in Natasha and Adrian. They are capable and that is why we chose them.”
Both Natasha and Adrian will leave for Palembang on Saturday.
In 2012 (Wroclaw, Poland), Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek became the first Malaysian to win the World Cup since the tournament’s inception in 1965 (Dublin, Ireland).