Ajinkya Rahane smashed 14 fours during his knock while spending a total of 260 minutes at the crease (Hampshire Cricket Photo)
- Rahane is the 3rd Indian after Piyush Chawla and Murali Vijay to hit a hundred on County debut
- Rahane scored 119 off 197 balls and smashed 14 boundaries
- Rahane is the first overseas player from India to sign for Hampshire
Indian 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.
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.
Rahane 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 showcased his full range of shots before getting out at the stroke of tea.
Rahane, 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.
Right-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.