Waqar Younis has hailed the potential of Umar Akmal after the 20-year old inspired Pakistan to victory against Australia.
Pakistan coach Waqar watched as Umar dragged his side out of trouble with an innings of 64 from 31 balls in the first of two Twenty20 matches at Edgbaston.
He came to the crease with the top order depleted on 47-4, but his explosive batting eventually proved decisive as Australia failed to chase down Pakistan's target of 168.
Waqar is confident that Umar will produce many similar performances in the coming years.
"He is probably the most talented cricketer I have seen in the past 15-20 years," Waqar said.
"We know that he is a talent and he can take us out of trouble. He's done it in the last few matches. At one stage we thought it was going to be very, very difficult, but the way he played was outstanding.
"He's just amazing. He's only young, he's only 20. He's got heaps of time and he's a good learner, a good listener which is good. I have no doubt that he is going to go right to the top.
"He's very talented. Time will teach him more and he'll be right up there at the top. He's fabulous to have in the side."
Pakistan had previously been on a 12-match losing streak against Australia - including a heart-breaking loss in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final - and Waqar admitted it was relieving to put an end to the miserable run.
He added: "I think so. It was a long wait. It means a huge amount. We have some real youngsters in the side and even guys sitting on the bench are very young. So it is very pleasing.
"Any win is important and gives you this high. We have another game tomorrow and if we can win again tomorrow then the momentum can shift to us."
Australia captain Michael Clarke said that his side were well capable of chasing down the Pakistan target, but expressed disappointment at the performances of his batsmen.
Clarke, who averaged just 15.33 in the World Twenty20 only managed five on Monday, also insists trying to find a way to address his own poor form.
"As a batsman you always want to score runs, as a bowler you always want to take wickets," he said.
"But, as in any form of the game, if you are not scoring runs well, you need to find a way and continue to back yourself."
He added: "I thought 167 was definitely a gettable total on a pretty good wicket and fast outfield. We were a little bit disappointing with the bat.
"Hopefully we can build a few more partnerships earlier on in Tuesday's game and when the spinners come on we've got batters who are in.
"We lost wickets at crucial times."