That self-belief was evident in his maiden Sunfoil Series double century, an undefeated 202 in 605 minutes with 27 fours and two sixes, against The Unlimited Titans during the weekend’s four-day clash against The Unlimited Titans in Benoni.
The high-scoring match ended in the inevitable draw.
Ramela’s contribution steered the Cobras to 484. The Titans hammered 421 for three in reply, highlighted by an unbeaten 208 off 277 balls by the South African opening batsman Dean Elgar.
“Ompile displayed enormous discipline and maturity during his knock,” said Henry Davids, the Titans captain.
Asked if the Titans did anything to upset his focus, Davids said: “Perhaps an odd word, but you can hardly say something if you are playing on a slow surface.
“Omphile was undeterred, though. He cut well, did not drive much and showed so much patience,” he added.
“I hope Omphile will reflect on the building blocks of his double century, and on the things that he did so excellently, and repeat this,” said Justin Ontong, the Nashua Cape Cobras captain.
Ramela said he won’t become complacent and would like to extend his form into the final game of the season.
“Obviously, it is about playing the situation and on applying your defensive and attacking mind-set to the game,” he added.
Asked if he used a special diet or fitness regime that helped him to retain his level of focus and concentration against the Warriors and the Titans, Omphile said: “No, just the basic level of fitness that is required for a professional sportsman.”
Ramela again hailed the contribution of the other senior batsmen in the Cobras-team who gave him invaluable tips prior to his maiden century against the Warriors and the Titans.
He added that his innings against the Warriors and the Titans were built on the formula of waiting for the attack to stray and to force them into errors by utilizing the patience game ruthlessly.
The stylish left-hander gained instant fame during his 54 in the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge against the Chevrolet Knights which proved to be the turning point of that match. The Cobras won by 33 runs and Ramela was named man of the match for his sensational effort.
Now, the Soweto-born cricketer has shown that he is not only a limited-format specialist, but that he can ply his trade expertly in the four-day format.