Ajinkya Rahane becomes 3rd Indian batsman to hit hundred on County debut

November 16, 2019

first_imgIndian Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday became only the third Indian batsman to hit a hundred on his County debut but got out just at the stroke of tea on Day 3 of the County Championship Division One match between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire at Newport.Rahane scored 119 off 197 balls and smashed 14 boundaries during his knock while spending a total of 260 minutes at the crease as Hampshire took a 337-run lead against Nottinghamshire, reaching 266 for 3 from 69.1 overs in their second innings at tea. This was his 30th first-class hundred.Rahane is the third Indian after Piyush Chawla and Murali Vijay to score a hundred on debut in county cricket. Chawla was the first to achieve the milestone in 2013 when he scored 112 for Somerset against Middlesex. Vijay repeated the feat in 2018 when he hit 100 off 181 balls for Essex against Nottinghamshire.CENTURY: A phenomenal knock from @ajinkyarahane88!What an effort it’s been on debut, his century coming off 179 balls with 12 fours – 219-2 (290 ahead).iOS: https://t.co/3H80EnOA4pAndroid: https://t.co/gImTwZuJKX pic.twitter.com/EjJFzlY5w5Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) May 22, 2019Rahane meanwhile, had failed to fire in the first innings and managed only 10 runs as Hampshire got bowled out for 310. Nottinghamshire in reply scored 239 before getting all out in 77.1 overs.But Rahane came into his own in the second innings and shared a 257-run stand for the third wicket with Sam Northeast, who was unbeaten on 131 at tea.WICKET & TEA: A magnificent innings from Rahane (119) ends on the stroke of tea & he leaves the field to a standing ovation. @sanortheast (130*) remains unbeaten as we reach 266-3 (337 ahead) at the break.iOS: https://t.co/3H80EnOA4pAndroid: https://t.co/gImTwZuJKX pic.twitter.com/92PvXzQ7UgadvertisementHampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) May 22, 2019Rahane, who couldn’t make the cut in the Indian World Cup 2019 squad last month, became the first overseas player from India to sign for Hampshire and will feature in County Championship matches throughout May, June and the start of July.Rahane replaced South Africa batsman Aiden Markram, who ended his stint with Hampshire after the Royal London One-Day Cup group-stage and joined up with his national side ahead of the World Cup 2019.FIFTY: It’s a first Hampshire fifty on @CountyChamp debut for @ajinkyarahane88!He’s looked in excellent touch so far this innings and reaches his half-century off 64 balls – 102-2 (28 overs).iOS: https://t.co/3H80EnOA4pAndroid: https://t.co/gImTwZuJKX pic.twitter.com/EeatTINKxGHampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) May 22, 2019Right-hand top-order batsman Rahane 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.Apart from Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin will also be playing in the Division One of the Championship for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire respectively.The BCCI wants the Test specialists to have enough game time before they embark on tour of West Indies, where they will play two Tests as a part of World Test Championship.last_img

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