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Omphile Ramela
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Omphile Ramela

South Africa
Omphile Ramela

Full Name

Omphile Abel Ramela

Born

March 14, 1988, Soweto, Johhanesburg

Age

33y 58d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

TEAMS

A left-hander with the temperament of a scholar, Omphile Ramela is unusual for a South African cricketer in all the right ways. He is one of a handful of black African batsmen to make their name in the longer format and one of a select group of professional players with a degree behind his name. Ramela, who also speaks five different languages, was studying towards a Masters in Economics while captaining the Cobras.

Those twin achievements came a decade after his talent was spotted in his home province, Gauteng. After being schooled at St John's College in Johannesburg, the alma mater of Clive Rice, Ramela played for Gauteng Schools in the 2005-06 season and debuted for the province the following year. He then moved to the Cape, where he played for Boland and appeared sporadically for the Cobras between 2009 and 2014, during which time he was also studying.

Ramela was part of the South African National Academy squad in 2014 and it allowed him to make a step up. The 2014-15 season was his breakthrough year. He finished as the Cobras' top run-scorer in the first-class competition with 724 runs at 48.26, which included a double hundred. He was also their second-highest run-getter in their triumphant 20-over campaign with 246 runs at a strike rate of 114.41.

That earned him a call-up to the South Africa A side in the winter of 2015. Ramela scored a century on debut in Wayanad against India A. The following summer, Ramela was named Cobras' four-day captain. He played for South Africa A against England and, later, against Zimbabwe, scoring another hundred in Harare.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC123212105885202*29.131392042.2792678924690
List A88865218910627.02335465.2611519715190
T20443336105420.33591103.2101481250
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC12325648434124/394/3936.164.0154.00100
List A8851201120---5.60-000
T2044212210---10.50-000

Photos


Omphile Ramela
Omphile Ramela plays into the offside
Omphile Ramela gets a hug from Temba Bavuma after completing his ton
Omphile Ramela
Omphile Ramela played some big shots