The Multiply Titans went into the Momentum One-day Cup competition intent on resurrecting a season that had gone awry, especially in the four-day phase of the season.
Galvanised by going into a competition that they love, they started slowly, before finding their spark quite spectacularly on a road-trip in the middle of the competition.
A record 272-run partnership between Aiden Markram and Farhaan Behardien was the centrepiece, and they have scarcely looked back since.
It was no surprise that Markram again used the competition as a springboard to bigger things. Two tears ago, when the Titans last won the trophy, he scored heavily, and also plundered a century in the final as captain.
This season, the 24 year-old blazed three centuries to put his case for World Cup selection firmly on the agenda.
That included a century in the final, as he ended up as the leading run-scorer in the competition- despite playing half the matches.
“It’s been a case of lots of things happening selection-wise, which is completely natural because it’s a World Cup year,” Markram said by say of explanation.
Having just demolished the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on Sunday’s final, Markram was yet again the centre of attention, his runs doing all the talking he needed.
“Everyone is talking about selection and everyone wants to make the team. So it got to a stage where I’ve really tried to forget about selection and invest all my energy into the Titans side.”
That investment has reaped rich returns, as Markram has put himself firmly in the World Cup frame, and the Titans have romped to a decisive trophy triumph.
If there were any debates still on the table, they were put to bed by Titans coach Mark Boucher, when he was asked about Markram in the World Cup squad.
“I’ll pay for his flight myself,” the former Proteas star declared after the final.
His importance is that vital, and now the sparkling Markram will try to transfer his imperious Titans form to the South African team.