He may be the youngest Highveld Lions player but Wiaan Mulder is definitely a player to look out for. The 19-year-old, who hails from the Golden province made waves in his debut for the Johannesburg team in the 2016 Sunfoil Series after signing a full franchise contract for the them. He continued to impress and show signs off a bright future in his debut T20 challenge that started on the 12th of November. Mulder, who is also the captain of both the Coca-Cola National under-19 side and the Gauteng provincial team says that playing for the Lions is challenging but rewarding at the same time because this has helped him improve his game tremendously.
The all-rounder believes the experience he gets from the Lions will not only equip him with the right skill set to lead the national U19s and Gauteng provincial teams better, but with every single game and practice session, he grows mentally and physically stronger to take on challenges that may arise.
“Playing with the Lions is tough, the guys are incredibly professional but with the support from the coaches and players the adjustment to the level of professionalism has been very good.”
Mulder feels that he can now lead the teams with much more confidence and share his experience to only cultivate and better his fellow team mates, which will also help him become a better leader.
“It is important for the captain to play and stand up for the team, because if does not lead by explain then no one will follow the lead.”
The young cricketer not only aspires to play for the Standard Bank Proteas one day, but he would like to perfect his skill set and play cricket at the highest level with the outmost professionalism, integrity and dedication.
“In the next 5 years I aspire to play for the Standard Bank Proteas and represent my country. I am not focused on the monetary aspect of the game at this point in time in my career. I just want to craft my skill set and hopefully play in the IPL one day.”
Not only is he one of the best leaders in the change room, his team mates also look up to him because of his leadership qualities and career achievements so far.
With the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in progress, the young cricketer predicted that it was going to be a very exciting week as he would be playing for fun for the first time. He hopes Gauteng is going to do well and is excited to lead his team to victory once again.
“Coca-Cola week is always special. It is an opportunity to discover new talent to take South African cricket to the next level of greatness. Above everything else I hope my team wins again this year.”
Mulder’s life does not only revolve around cricket. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family during his spare time and taking trips to the beach. He also enjoys playing tennis and golf when he finds time in his busy schedule.
Mulder believes he owes everything he has to his parents, who have played a significant role in his life and sacrificed everything for him to get to where he is today and for that he will forever to be grateful.
“I will forever be grateful for the sacrifices my parents made for my cricket career because had it not been for their emotional and financial support I would not be where I am today.”
His advice to young aspiring cricketers is to have fun and embrace every moment as it comes and to always give their best with every game, as cricket is a beautiful game that brings people together.