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England County Club Leicestershire on Tuesday announced the signing of former India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane for the 2023 season of the County Championship. The England club announced that Rahane will pair up with the rest of the squad after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League 2023 in June. The star Indian batter who used to be a vital cog in the batting lineup will play nine County Championship games as well as all matches of the Royal London Cup.

This came as a big development considering Rahane’s future with the Indian Test cricket team. The veteran batter will hope to redeem himself the same way Cheteshwar Pujara did while playing for Sussex. This piece of news garnered nice coverage from all forms of media houses. While some casually delivered the news, some shared it with an optimistic angle. Meanwhile, a top media house in the country chose to give it another angle. 

A major print media house in India covered the news under the headline “Leicestershire rope in Test discard Rahane”. This absurd headline did not go well with renowned sports presenter Vikram Sathaye as he suggested an alternate header. “Leicestershire rope in Rahane” that’s it  Just a little more respect is what sportspersons want. I guess this gets more viral,” tweeted Sathaye while sharing a picture of the printed news. 

Many agreed with Sathaye saying the journalist covering the news could have been more respectful. “That’s such a disrespectful headline to an excellent player, a brilliant team man, and a really nice bloke like @ajinkyarahane88,” commented one user on Sathaye’s post. 

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Meanwhile, India commentator cum cricket expert Harsha Bhogle also shared his views on this viral post. Bhogle said that such headlines make him “cringe”. “It makes me cringe,” wrote Bhogle while resharing Sathaye’s post. 

Notably, Ajinkya Rahane has been out of the Indian Test setup for a while. Rahane lost his place after a series of poor performances.