Gautam Gambhir aims to make most of opportunity with Essex

Gautam Gambhir said playing in England is a completely different challenge © IANS

Aug 20, 2013

Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir said on Tuesday he wants to learn a lot during his brief stint with the English County team Essex, as he gears up for his first appearance in the the league.

Gambhir was quoted as saying by Echo, “When you’re growing up as a kid, you hear a lot about County cricket. People say you should be playing it at least once in a lifetime, so it was a great opportunity for me especially somewhere like Essex. I’m really excited.”

“They’re a quality side and you want to play for quality sides — I’ll learn a lot from playing with their players. It’s going to be a good challenge and good fun, as well. There’s not so much cricket back home at the moment and you have to challenge yourself in different conditions,” he said.

Gambhir, who has played 54 Test matches for India said, “England is a completely different challenge to the one you get back home, so it’s going to be good.”

Gambhir will make his debut for Essex on Tuesday with their important County clash against Northamptonshire.

He said, “There’s not many grounds like Castle Park back home and there’s a completely different feel to things. The festival [Colchester Cricket Festival] is probably for the crowd but it’s all about the cricket for us and we want to go out there and play quality cricket.

“The crowd can enjoy themselves off the field but on it, it’s going to be competitive cricket and that’s what we’re looking forward to. It’s an important game for us and there’s still a lot of important cricket to be played this season. Every game is important when you’re playing First-Class cricket,” Gambhir, who replaced Hamish Rutherford as Essex’s overseas player, added.

“Being a professional cricketer, you have to get used to that — you have to take every game as seriously as you can,” Gambhir concluded.