In the ongoing series between Australia and South Africa, cricket has almost taken a backseat.
However, the 22-year old Aiden Markram’s exploits have caught everybody’s eyes.
Meanwhile, this series has witnessed many unsavoury incidents culminating in a ball-tampering scandal. It has distracted from what has been an intriguing and at times a thrilling series.
South African opener Markram has already notched up 443 runs so far across the four matches including two centuries and a half-century.
However, the best knock came yesterday (March 30) when he played a superb Test-best knock of 152.
He has even caught the eye of perhaps the best batsman in the world today, India captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli was in awe of Markram and praised him on Twitter. He expressed he is a delight to watch a week ago, and yesterday responding just with emojis, words apparently unable to do justice to the South African’s talents.
However, Markram confirmed the appreciation is mutual.
“It’s quite a special feeling. There are a lot of players that I look up to who are a bit older than me, and he is one of them,” Markram said. “His competitiveness is something to admire and his motivation to keep scoring runs is something I’ve tried to take on board,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kohli appreciates Markram’s efforts when they are not playing against each other. However, he was responsible for one of the toughest times in Markram’s short international career during the ODI series.
Markram and his team struggled having lost the ODI series 5-1 and making a high score of 32.
“I was pretty down,” he said. “I felt quite responsible for the series loss, and personal performance didn’t go too well either,” Markram added.
However, his recent form is all more enjoyable to watch, and no more so than today. He outnumbered his esteemed batting partner, and at times it looked Markram was batting on a different surface.
“AB (de Villiers) strolled down the wicket and said, ‘this is tough, I don’t feel like I am batting too well’,” concluded Markram.