Ankle injury rules Wiaan Mulder out of Zimbabwe series
Wiaan Mulder. (Getty Image)

South Africa allrounder Wiaan Mulder has been ruled out of the ODI series against Zimbabwe after he sustained an injury to his left ankle prior to the start of the second ODI. The injury took place during a practice session and the 20-year-old has been flown back to Johannesburg for treatment. It has been reported that the extent of injury is unknown and that is why the decision to get him back home for immediate monitoring has been taken. His replacement is yet to be names but Khaya Zondo took Mulder’s place in South Africa’s Playing XI.

“Wiaan felt some pain and discomfort in his left ankle at practice and has been withdrawn from the remainder of the ODI series.” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said on Wednesday (October 3).

“He will be assessed by an ankle and foot specialist in Johannesburg, who will be able to further assess the injury and give us a way forward in terms of the treatment and rehab strategy. The selectors will not name a replacement for the last ODI.” Moosajee added.

Mulder, 20, has all the makings of a premier allrounder. In the first ODI, that South Africa won by five wickets, Mulder picked up 1/19 while scoring 14 runs. In seven ODIs, Mulder has picked up seven wickets, and even though his start has been lukewarm, the youngster has been touted by many to be former South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis’ predecessor. He bowls at a reasonable speed and bats preferably at No. 5 or 6.