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Hampshire Sign India Test Star Ajinkya Rahane

The batsman becomes the first overseas player from India to sign for Hampshire and will feature in Specsavers County Championship matches throughout May, June and July

Hampshire Cricket are delighted to announce the signing of India Test batsman, Ajinkya Rahane.

The 30-year-old has signed a deal to become the Club’s overseas player, the first ever from India to represent Hampshire, and will feature in eight Specsavers County Championship fixtures throughout May, June and the start of July, subject to visa clearance. 

Rahane 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 this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup.

The right-hand top-order batsman is India’s vice-captain and 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, whilst also boasting an average of over 50 with the bat in 125 first-class matches, including a staggering 29 hundreds.

We’re 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’s a great opportunity to get him over - we’re really excited to have him with us.

He’s enjoyed playing at the Ageas Bowl previously and it’s going to be great to have a player of his stature joining the dressing room.

Giles White, Director Of Cricket

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.

Ajinkya Rahane

The best way to catch Ajinkya and the rest of the Hampshire squad in action all year long this season is with a 2019 Hampshire Cricket Membership.

More information on each Membership offering can be found online via the link below, over the phone on 0844 847 1863 or in person at the Ageas Bowl Ticket Office (Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm).

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Phone: 0844 847 1863

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