The news comes on the back of a first half of the year that saw Dala make his T20 international debut for South Africa against India, as well as receiving a call to go to the Indian Premier League.
“It has been quite a year thus far,” Dala beamed upon confirmation of the news.
“When I look back to this time last year, I was struggling to make the starting XI for the South Africa A side, so it shows how things can turn around,” he pointed out.
“A lot of the credit has to go to my coaches, Mark Boucher and Mandla Mashimbyi, as well as other coaches in the set-up. We have worked on a lot of things together, and I can now see the fruits of that labour.”
The 27-year-old has made a name for himself as a back-end bowler, capable of hitting the elusive block-hole almost at will in the death overs. He admits that his baptism of fire against India at the start of the year was most beneficial.
“I think playing that Indian side was the best thing that could have happened to me. I learnt a few lessons in my first game, and realised that I had to adjust. It was very exciting, and I took on board a lot of things, which I then tried to use in the next game.”
Dala has got used to learning quickly in the fast lane, but he added that it is always comforting to know that he has several friendly faces to call upon at international level.
“I think that is the great thing about playing for the Titans. If you ask guys like Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi and Heinrich Klaasen, they will tell you that playing with so many Proteas at the Titans is very comforting. When you make the step up, there are a lot of familiar faces, which is great.”
As he looks ahead to the tour of Sri Lanka, Dala said he was not even thinking about the massive carrot that lies in wait at the end of the 2018/19 marathon – the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
“I just want to take things one game at a time. The World Cup is obviously huge, but I don’t want to look too far ahead. There are a lot of quality bowlers who are also looking at those places, so all I want to do is to perform whenever I get a chance for franchise or
country," concluded Dala.