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Hampshire sign India Test star Ajinkya Rahane

April 25, 2019 23:50 IST

Ajinkya Rahane

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane will replace South Africa batsman Aiden Markram. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ajinkya Rahane has signed for Hampshire in the English County Championship. He will feature in matches throughout May, June and the start of July, subject to visa clearance.

He becomes the first overseas player from India to sign for the county.

 

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 club said on Thursday.

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.

Rahane has scored more than 3,400 runs, at an average of 40.55, in his Test career so far including nine centuries and 17 fifties. He also has 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 (Karunaratne) 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.

"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.

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