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Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif is backing opener Fakhar Zaman to shine in the Asia Cup, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates later this month.
Zaman was in sublime form during Pakistan’s five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe as he scored 515 runs in five ODIs, which included two centuries and two fifties, at an average of 257.50.
Zaman also made history during the series as he struck a career-best 210 not out in the fourth ODI.
Zaman joined an elite club following his spectacular knock as he became just the sixth player to score a double century in ODI cricket.
In addition, his knock was the fifth-highest in ODI history and the highest by a Pakistani batsman.
In addition to his spectacular double century, Zaman also became the fastest batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs with his knock of 85 in the fifth ODI.
Given all this, Latif is optimistic that the 28-year-old will continue making his presence felt with the bat.
“Pakistan’s batting is highly balanced and has been delivering for last few matches consistently,” he was quoted as saying by The Nation. “For me, Fakhar Zaman holds the key as he is in terrific form and producing wonders with the willow.
“He can provide Pakistan with a perfect start and he will remain instrumental throughout the Asia Cup and upcoming series.”