New Delhi :
Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday became the first 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. 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.
On this, India's Test vice-captain took to the twitter and quoted, "Will be soon joining @hantscricket for the upcoming county season. Would like to thank Hampshire Cricket and @BCCI for this opportunity."
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