Saleem Elahi

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Saleem Elahi
Personal information
Full name
Saleem Elahi
Born (1976-11-21) 21 November 1976 (age 47)
Sahiwal, Punjab, Pakistan
BowlingRight-arm off-break
Occasional wicket-keeper
RelationsManzoor Elahi (brother),
Zahoor Elahi (brother),
Babar Manzoor (nephew)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 136)9 November 1995 v Australia
Last Test2 January 2003 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 102)29 September 1995 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI14 January 2004 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.28
Domestic team information
1994–1999Lahore City
1996–1997United Bank Ltd
1997–2011Habib Bank Ltd
2001Lahore Whites
2002Lahore Blues
Career statistics
Competition Test 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 6 42 12
Wickets 0 0 1
Bowling average 16.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/6
Catches/stumpings 10/1 10/– 74/1 38/–
Source: CricInfo, 25 July 2015

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

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2][3]


International career[edit]

Despite not playing first-class cricket, Elahi was selected for the home series against Sri Lanka in 1995–96.[4][5] 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;[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

With continued success in both the tournaments, Elahi was picked up for the Test series against Australia in November 1995.[5] Later, he made his first class cricket debut and played two matches against West Australia and South Australia.[5] 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.[1] 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'.[9]

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, in 2002 against South Africa, he made his highest score of 135. 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.[8]

Career after retirement[edit]

In 2016, he was included in the squad of Sagittarius Strikers and participated in the Masters Champions League.[10][11] In the same year, he toured South Africa as part of a series arranged by Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association.[12] He has also participated in Veterans Cricket Championship.[13]

In July 2021, Pakistan Cricket Board appointed him as the coach of East Zone (B) Central Punjab, representing CCA Sahiwal.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b Zaltzman, Andy (7 November 2012). "Saleem Elahi and the rich man's Saleem Elahi". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Saleem Elahi". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Cricketing Dynasties: The Twenty Two Families of Pakistan's Test Cricket – Part 5". The News International.
  4. ^ "Move over Darling". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Baptism by fire: Fewest first-class matches before Test debut for Pakistan". The News International.
  6. ^ "Records / One-Day Internationals / Batting records / Hundred on debut". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  7. ^ "First One-Day International: Pakistan v Sri Lanka". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. reprinted by ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Statistics / Statsguru / Saleem Elahi / One-Day Internationals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Saleem Elahi / Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  10. ^ Josh, Jagran (2016). Current Affairs. p. 206.
  11. ^ "Six players get NoC for MCL". The Nation (Pakistan). 15 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Saleem guides Panthers Veterans to victory". The News International.
  13. ^ "Lahore Tigers enter final". The News International.
  14. ^ "PCB announces remaining CCA coaches". The News International.
  15. ^ "PCB announces coaches of City Associations". The News International.

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