[caption id="attachment_847001" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-847001" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Ajinkya-Rahane_PTI-2.jpg" alt="Ajinkya Rahane, Hampshire, County Cricket" width="628" height="314" /> Ajinkya Rahane scored 119 from 197 balls, hitting 14 ours, as he and Hampshire skipper Sam Northeast put up a 257-run partnership. @PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ajinkya-rahane/">Ajinkya Rahane</a> made a bright start to his county stint as he scored a hundred for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/hampshire">Hampshire</a> on debut. The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india">Indian</a> Test vice-captain scored 119 against Nottinghamshire as he became only the third Indian to score a ton on county debut. <p></p> <p></p>Rahane hit 14 fours in his 197-ball stay in the middle as he and Hampshire skipper Sam Northeast, who also scored a ton, put up a 257-run partnership. <p></p> <p></p>https://twitter.com/hantscricket/status/1131206648431820800 <p></p> <p></p>Before Rahane, Murali Vijay and Piyush Chawla had scored hundreds in their first match in the county cricket. While Vijay scored a hundred for Essex against Nottinghamshire in 2018, Chawla scored a ton for Sussex against Worcestershire in 2008. <p></p> <p></p>While Rahane could only score 10 runs as Hampshire scored 310 in the first innings before securing a 71-run lead, the right-hander notched up his first hundred in the second innings and helped his side recover from the early loss of the openers - Joe Weatherley and Oliver Soames. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ajinkya-rahane-prithvi-shaw-among-seven-indian-players-to-play-county-cricket-before-world-test-championship-831836">Pujara, Rahane, Shaw among seven Indian players to play County cricket before World Test Championship</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Rahane, who had joined the team as a replacement for the World Cup-bound South African batsman Aiden Markram, was the first Indian to join the Hampshire county side. <p></p> <p></p>He is expected to play for Hampshire in eight matches, including the ongoing game, during the Specsavers County Championship matches, which will take place throughout May, June and July. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/momentum-and-consistency-will-be-important-for-india-at-the-icc-world-cup-2019-ajinkya-rahane-843522">Momentum and consistency will be important for India at the World Cup: Rahane</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Rahane, who was not picked in India's 15-man <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">World Cup</a> squad, has scored 3488 runs in 56 Tests for India in addition to his runs in ODIs and T20Is.