World Cup 2019: Aiden Markram not looking far ahead

South Africa may have had a tough ride but Aiden Markram is 'thoroughly enjoying the pressures that come with competing at a World Cup.'

The runs may not have come, but Markram has enjoyed his World Cup campaign, so far.   -  AP Photo

Aiden Markram is the only South African captain to win a World Cup – he led Proteas’ under-19 side to World Cup victory in 2014.

A batsman of class, Markram is rightly considered the future leader for South Africa. But he refuses to pay too much attention to it. “There's not been a lot of focus on it. I'm really trying to keep my spot in the side, scoring loads of runs and saving as many as I can in the field,” Markram said on the eve of South Africa’s World Cup fixture against Pakistan.

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South Africa would look for a smooth transition as few seniors are set to retire after the World Cup. Markram feels staying in an environment for long, makes you ready for the top job. “I think naturally once you're in an environment for a period of time, you do think with your leadership reign and how things could be better and what we have really done well and what's worked and what hasn't. I think that's just a natural thing.” he said.

Though runs have dried up, Markram has enjoyed his World Cup campaign thoroughly. “It's been tough because of the results. But looking past that, it's been a cool experience. To play cricket at the biggest stage in the world is quite a privilege,” he said.

“I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I've thoroughly enjoyed the pressures that come with competing at a World Cup.”