Indian National Cricket Team’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a brilliant century on his debut County game for Hampshire against Nottinghamshire. Rahane missed on the World Cup-bound squad, but he scored an eye-pleasing hundred the day when the Indian 15-member squad landed in London to play the ICC World Cup 2019. In the process, he joined Piyush Chawla and Murali Vijay to score a ton on County Championship debut.

Rahane scores a hundred on County debut

After getting out cheaply in the first innings, Ajinkya Rahane showed his pure class in the second essay. Coming out to bat at 3 for one and with Hampshire struggling, Rahane amassed a 197-ball 119 runs knock to entertain the Newport crowd. Meanwhile, the spectators gave a standing ovation to the star batsman as soon as he reached the landmark with a double.

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Resuming on his overnight score of 0*, Rahane combined with Hampshire skipper Sam Northeast to bat out the whole of the first two sessions of the day. The pair put on 257 runs for the third wicket after Hampshire were reeling at nine for two. Ajinkya Rahane’s knock included 14 boundaries and came at a strike-rate of over 60 before getting out to Matthew Carter.

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane joined Hampshire as the replace of Aiden Markram who linked with South Africa’s world cup squad. He seemed excited after joining Hampshire to become the first Indian to play for the county side. The middle-order batsmen will be looking to keep himself among the match-practice and runs before the Test series against Windies just after the World Cup.

With four sessions still to play, Hampshire need only nine wickets to secure another win in the County Division 1 League. They have posted a target of 439 runs in front of Nottinghamshire. Hampshire is currently at the third spot in the points table.