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Last Updated:  Friday, 3 January, 2003, 18:02 GMT

Salim Elahi
Born: 21/11/76
Team: Habib Bank
ODI debut: 29/9/95
Past World Cups: -

Right-handed batsman
Right-arm off-break bowler

Given his meteoric rise to the world stage, it is surprising Elahi has taken so long to get a decent run in the Pakistan side.

The right-handed opener from Sahiwal in central Punjab got his lucky break without even playing one first-class match.

A stunning hundred before lunch in a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Grade II) match against Gujranwala followed by an aggregate of 977 runs on the under-19 tour of New Zealand the same year earned him a national call-up.

And he did not disappoint on his international debut in 1995, scoring an unbeaten century in a one-dayer against Sri Lanka.

Despite the bright start, subsequent patchy performances at Test and one-day level led to few appearances for the first team.

However, Elahi took full advantage of his call-up to the squad in November after more than a year out, and after three centuries he is well and truly in.

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