The stylish left-handed batsman of the Cape Cobras scored a match-winning 54 off 34 deliveries in his previous T20-match for the Western Cape franchise. That half-century propelled the Cape Cobras to a 33-run win against the Chevrolet Knights at the Newlands Cricket Ground in the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
Yet, since that day in December, Ramela has evolved markedly as a batsman, striking three first-class centuries in four games to underline his star status.
Although he has tasted success lately by hammering a century on debut for South Africa A, Ramela is not complacent. “The key is to keep on working harder,” he said.
Asked how he approached the T20-format in the Africa Cup following the unofficial tests between South Africa A and India A, Ramela said he didn’t particularly focus on power hitting, but rather on his timing. “I am a stroke player.”
He said his role as batsman was to provide a solid foundation for the top-order, but to accelerate later.
Ramela said there is some expectation of Western Province, as it is a strong squad with a good balance between youth and experience. That blend can benefit the Cape Town-based team in the Africa T20 Cup.