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Saarvindran, who was promoted to Harimau Muda A at the start of last year, was one of the star performers for the side in their recent tour of Europe and was duly named by Ong as their most-improved player.
Barring any mishap, it appears that the 20-year-old will definitely be in the squad for the 2013 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in December, where Malaysia will be looking to defend the gold medal they won two years ago.
However, Saarvindran is no ready to take things for granted and has set his sights on improving further, as he looks to repay the faith that his coach has shown in him.
"First of all, I would like to thank the coach, Ong Kim Swee," he told FOX Sports. "He's the main reason why I managed to improve my game.
"He has given me a lot of chances to play and that has got me to where I am now. He trusted me.
"I believe that if he didn't trust me, he would not have named me in the first XI in almost all the games in Europe, and especially in Kazan [for the 2013 Summer Universiade]. I really appreciate his trust and faith in me and I will not disappoint him.
"I am very happy with my performances in Europe and Kazan in the University Games, but at the same time, I know I still have to improve myself and my performance because the level of competition in this team is really high.
"I hope to do much better in the upcoming Merdeka Tournament and eventually be selected for the SEA Games."
Although the Malaysia U-23 side can under some criticism for their trip to Europe as they struggled to get results, Saarvindran believes the experience has been highly beneficial and will serve them in good stead in next month's Merdeka Tournament, which will see them take on Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar.
"The Harimau Muda team have changed a lot compared to before we went to Europe," the Selangor native added. "We have more understanding in the team now and I think we are ready for the Merdeka Tournament.
"I hope to continue to improve as a player and score more goals for the team. We are prepared to show a good performance in the Merdeka Tournament next month."
Saarvindran has spent his entire career so far in the national team's youth setup having graduated from the Bukit Jalil Sports School to Harimau Muda B in 2010.