South African all-rounder Wiaan Mulder (AFP)
- Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj says all-rounder Wiaan Mulder doesn’t deserve the criticism he’s been getting lately.
- Mulder played with both racquet and ball in the ongoing second Test against Bangladesh as he scored 33 points and conceded three wickets on the second day.
- Maharaj says that Mulder has shown what he’s capable of since he plays a big part in the Proteas camp.
Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj defended teammate Wiaan Mulder after the all-rounder’s outstanding performance so far in the second Test against Bangladesh at St George’s Park.
On Saturday, Maharaj and Mulder shared one 81-led partnership for the seventh wicket as the duo’s run scoring put the visitors on the back foot.
Maharaj had the highest score with 84, while Mulder started sluggishly but then hit a manageable 33 of 77 balls (three fours and a six) as the Proteas hit 453 in their first innings.
In pursuit of SA’s goal, Tamim Iqbal and Nazmul Hossain Shanto shared a 79-year partnership prior to the introduction of Mulder.
Mulder struck in his first over, pinning Iqbal on the pads for 47 and then proceeding to hit Shanto’s (33) knee pad, which was sent off and spent.
However, Mulder’s superb bowling magic in the covered Gqeberha continued as he again held Bangladeshi skipper Mominul Haque lbw captive for six.
Bangladesh eventually ended Day 3 with 139/5 at stumps, with Mulder’s current numbers at 3/15 from just six overs (including three maidens).
Maharaj believes Mulder has not received the recognition he deserves and states that the all-rounder has shown his worth.
“I think he took a lot of flak from the media. If you look at the innings he played, in the second test in New Zealand he showed his skills and what he can do with the racquet,” Maharaj told reporters on Saturday.
“Obviously he never crossed the line and got to fifty, but I think just the partnerships that he’s been involved in have been very good for us.
“And he showed that again today, he knocked himself down and got a good ball that got him out so it’s not like he’s playing a hasty shot or throwing his wicket away.
“He’s also shown his value with the swinging ball so I’m really happy for him and I hope he keeps up the good work and hopefully he gets a lot more rewards in this innings and the next. It’s going to be a huge confidence boost for him.”
Maharaj added that Mulder has more than proven his worth as the 24-year-old continues his international career.
“He’s a big part of this team, he brings a lot of balance and variety to our attack and depth of shot,” Maharaj said.
“He has shown on the home circuit why he is considered an all-rounder and this is just a stepping stone for him to find success soon.”
The game on Sunday starts at 10:00 a.m.
Maharaj Happy for Mulder: ‘He’s Taken a Lot of Criticism’
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