Never short of a word, Ramela was full of praise for the slower bowlers in Friday’s emphatic 8-wicket win in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Newlands.
“In the first ten overs, we put down a few chances. But our spinners halted their momentum and brought us back in the game. They basically won the game for us,” he said.
SA Engelbrecht captured three for sixteen in four overs and GF Linde contributed with his miserly one for 21 in four overs.
“He is high on confidence following the Champions League Twenty20,” said Ramela about Engelbrecht.
“Hard work and skills are the two elements that have benefited him.”
Ramela said Mthokozisi Shezi has relished the role of senior bowler in the Cobras line-up. “I think he is closer to inclusion in the World Cup group than anybody, including himself, thinks,” he added.
Shezi has been a revelation in the death-bowling department this season.
Probed about his own batting approach, Ramela said he will fulfil the role that is required in the situation. “I believe I can bat in different gears,” he said.
Andrew Puttick has been a standout-performer for the Cobras this season, and Ramela is a self-confessed admirer of Puttick’s game.
He added that Richard Levi is a man with great cricketing insight and knowledge. “It is not only about hitting the ball, but also preparing for the game,” he added.
Ramela grew up in Soweto, and the cosmopolitan nature of the environment contributed to his ability to communicate in at least five languages.
He improved his ability to understand Afrikaans while completing his Honnours-degree in Economics at the Stellenbosch University.
Ramela – a gifted thinking man’s cricketer – believe there is an opportunity for him to fulfil a twin ambition of being a professional cricketer and an economist in the Cobras’ environment.
And as a good economist he would know that three more bonus-point wins would move the Cobras to the summit of the log and an excellent chance of hosting the Ram Slam T20 Challenge final at Newlands like last season.