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Saleem Elahi

Saleem Elahi
Personal information
Full name Saleem Elahi
Born (1976-11-21)21 November 1976
Sahiwal, Punjab,
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off-break
Role Batsman,
occ. wicket-keeper
Relations Manzoor Elahi (brother),
Zahoor Elahi (brother),
Babar Manzoor (nephew)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 136) 9 November 1995 v Australia
Last Test 2 January 2003 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 102) 29 September 1995 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 14 January 2004 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1994–1999 Lahore City
1996–1997 United Bank Ltd
1997–2011 Habib Bank Ltd
2001 Lahore Whites
2002 Lahore Blues
2004 Lahore
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 13 48 111 141
Runs scored 436 1,579 5,508 6,277
Batting average 18.95 36.72 32.02 52.30
100s/50s 0/1 4/9 8/26 18/37
Top score 72 135 229 172
Balls bowled n/a 6 42 12
Wickets n/a 0 0 1
Bowling average n/a n/a n/a 16.00
5 wickets in innings n/a 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling n/a 0/10 0/7 1/6
Catches/stumpings 10/1 10/– 74/1 38/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 25 July 2015

Saleem Elahi (Urdu: سلیم الہی) (born 21 November 1976) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played 13 Tests and 48 ODIs from 1995 to 2004. Making his international debut against Sri Lanka in September 1995, he made 102 not out, thus becoming the first player from Pakistan to score a century on ODI debut.


Born in 1976 in Sahiwal, Punjab, Pakistan, Elahi has two older brothers—Manzoor Elahi and Zahoor Elahi, both of whom represented the Pakistan cricket team.[1]

Despite not playing first-class cricket, Elahi was selected for the home series against Sri Lanka in 1995–96. In the first of the three-match One Day International series played at Gujranwala, he scored 102 not out off 133 balls thus becoming the first player from Pakistan to score a century on ODI debut;[2] at age nineteen, he remains the youngest cricketer to do so as of July 2015. His man of the match-winning innings helped Pakistan secure a nine-wicket victory.[3] He scored 77 runs in the next two games, thus accumulating 179 runs in the series. He was then selected to play in the Singer Champions Trophy in Sharjah the same year.[4]

With continued success in both the tournaments, Elahi was picked up for the Test series against Australia in November 1995. In two Tests, he managed to score 43 runs at an average of 10.75. Following that, he was intermittently selected and dropped from the side. Between his debut and 2002, Elahi played 13 Tests for Pakistan scoring 436 runs at an average of 18.95. Contrary to his success in ODIs, he managed just one half-century and six ducks, including a pair, in Test cricket.[5] With the exception of a series in England in 2000, where he averaged 44.40, he failed to average more than 20 in any of the series'.[6] Towards the tail end of 2002, when Pakistan toured Zimbabwe and South Africa, he scored three centuries in four games. In one of those matches, against South Africa at he made his highest score of 135 came against South Africa in 2002. In the match, he shared a partnership of 257 runs with Abdul Razzaq for the second wicket to help Pakistan reach 335 runs. He was eventually selected for the 2003 World Cup. In four matches he scored 102 runs, crossing half-century once. Post World Cup, he represented Pakistan in two tournaments after which he was dropped from both the Test and ODI squads.[4]

Considered a limited-overs specialist, Elahi averages 36.17 in ODIs and 52.30 in List A cricket. In 28 of the 48 ODIs that he had played as an opener he averaged 42, the best for a Pakistani. He had limited success in first-class cricket averaging just 32.[5]


  1. ^ "Saleem Elahi".  
  2. ^ "Records / One-Day Internationals / Batting records / Hundred on debut".  
  3. ^ "First One-Day International: Pakistan v Sri Lanka".  
  4. ^ a b "Statistics / Statsguru / Saleem Elahi / One-Day Internationals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Zaltzman, Andy (7 November 2012). "Saleem Elahi and the rich man's Saleem Elahi". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Saleem Elahi / Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 

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