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Ajinkya Rahane joins Hampshire for English county stint

Ajinkya Rahane, who will become the first India cricketer to represent Hampshire, will replace South Africa’s Aiden Markram who will finish his stint with Hampshire at the end of the Royal London One-Day Cup group stage.

cricket Updated: Apr 26, 2019 08:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Ajinkya Rahane of India bats during the One Day International match between England and India.
Ajinkya Rahane of India bats during the One Day International match between England and India.(Getty Images)
         

Ajinkya Rahane Thursday became the first overseas player from India to sign for Hampshire and he will feature in County Championship matches throughout May, June and the start of July, subject to visa clearance.

The 30-year-old Indian will replace South Africa batsman Aiden Markram, who will end his stint with Hampshire at the conclusion of the Royal London One-Day Cup group-stage to join up with his national side ahead of the World Cup, the County club said.

The right-hand top-order batsman has a wealth of international experience having made 56 Test and 90 ODI appearances since making his debut against Australia in March 2013.

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Rahane has totalled more than 3,400 runs at an average of 40.55 in his Test career so far with nine centuries and 17 fifties to his name, while also boasting an average of over 50 with the bat in 125 first-class matches, including a staggering 29 hundreds.

“We are delighted to attract a player of Ajinkya’s class and with both Aiden and Dimuth selected for the World Cup, we were obviously in the market for a top-order batsman. Ajinkya showed an interest early on and the way things have played out it is a great opportunity to get him over -- we’re really excited to have him with us,”

Director Of Cricket Giles White said in a statement. “He has enjoyed playing at the Ageas Bowl previously and it is going to be great to have a player of his stature joining the dressing room.”

“I am excited to be the first Indian to play for Hampshire, a county which has a glowing reputation. I hope to score runs and win as a team and would like to thank BCCI for allowing me to play,” Rahane said in the statement.

First Published: Apr 25, 2019 22:07 IST