“If cricket is all you have, every failure will be magnified,” he warned.
Ramela enrolled in a Masters-degree in economics in 2015 and hope to complete the degree at the end of 2016.
The stylish left-hander finished his 2014/2015-campaign with a flurry and emerged as the leading run-scorer for the Cape Cobras in the Sunfoil Series during the past season.
He struck 724 runs at an average of 48.26.
Ramela said it has been a slow, but ultimately rewarding process to mature in the four-day game.
“One underestimates the importance of mastering the basic fundamentals of batting. It is pivotal and I want to reinforce those basics,” he added.
He scored his maiden franchise-century against the Chevrolet Warriors at the Newlands Cricket Ground and then struck a double century in his next Sunfoil Series match against The Unlimited Titans in 605 minutes of sustained focus and discipline.
Asked if he had any advice for newcomers embarking on a first-class career on how to mature your game, Ramela said: “The key is to learn quickly from other senior players. Take their advice seriously and implement the fundamentals that they talk about.
“Another factor is that young players should do something else on the side, to take their mind off the game.
“If the pressure is off, you can enjoy the game.
“But cricket is all you have, every failure of yours is magnified,” he said.
Ramela said he wanted to take his first-class batting career to a new level in 2015/2016.
“I also want to expand my limited-format game and score much more half-centuries and centuries,” he said.
Asked if he had planned any alternative career, Ramela said if his number-one dream – to become a successful professional cricketer – is not realized, he would want to be an economist for a period.
Once he had operated in that capacity, he would like to join a university in a research department, he added.