Ahead of tomorrow’s 1Day Cup final against the Warriors at SuperSport Park (2pm), the 22-year-old Titans star says: “I struggled with it at the start.
“You might have a couple of good games and your name gets mentioned [as a candidate to play for the Proteas] and you don’t know how to deal with it. It’s quite scary.”
As daunting as all the chatter is, Markram’s gradually growing accustomed to it all.
It helps having the likes of Titans coach Mark Boucher, the experienced Albie Morkel and in recent weeks, AB de Villiers, around.
He explains: “If you play for the Proteas and you come back to franchise cricket, then there’s a level of expectation if you channel it properly it can motivate you to do well, because you want to maintain that benchmark.
“But if you take it the wrong way, put pressure on yourself… it can also lead to your downfall.
“I did that, I put too much pressure on myself when I first saw my name mentioned, but the senior players, they’ve said ‘See it from the perspective that you’ve set the benchmark for yourself and now try and improve it’.”
There had been plenty of talk about Markram playing for the Proteas even before he led the SA Under-19s to the world title in 2014.
Now after his first season as a senior professional those talks of a senior call-up have increased.
With Stephen Cook not establishing himself at the top of the order in the Test team, the attention on Markram has grown.