County news August 15, 2013

Essex sign Gambhir to aid promotion push

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Essex have signed India batsman Gautam Gambhir for the remainder of the season as they look to bring success to a turbulent campaign.

Embarrassed, booed off and publicly criticised by their head coach, Essex are remarkably in a position to make 2013 a year to remember. On Saturday they will take part in Friends Life t20 Finals Day and are handily-placed in both the Yorkshire Bank 40 and County Championship.

Gambhir's wealth of experience will replace the greener Hamish Rutherford, the New Zealand opener, who will be heading home to prepare for New Zealand's domestic and international season. Gambhir is expected to join Essex ahead of their County Championship match against Northamptonshire in Colchester, which begins on August 20.

That fixture is the first of Essex's final six matches. Promotion is firmly in their sights; they currently lie 29 points off second-placed Northamptonshire and have a game in hand on every team in the division. That healthy position is somewhat inconceivable given Essex were bowled out for just 20 against Lancashire earlier in the season.

They were also humbled by Middlesex in the Flt20, bowled out for 74 and booed off by their home fans, yet recovered to qualify for Finals Day with a superb 47-run victory at Nottinghamshire in the quarter-final. Qualification for the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Bank 40 is also a possibility; with two matches to play, Essex sit two points off the top of Group B.

Gambhir's 11,274 first-class runs and 8,815 List A runs could provide consistent performances at the top of the order, an absence of which has hindered Essex thorough the season.

"We are delighted with the signing of Gautam Gambhir," Essex head coach Paul Grayson said. "He is a player with pedigree, which has been showcased on the biggest stages. He will no doubt bring his experience to the squad during an important stage of the season for us."

Gambhir, who had been India's first-choice opener in all forms of cricket over the past few seasons, was dropped from both Test and limited-overs teams earlier this year. He was left out of the squad for the home Tests against Australia and was also not included for the Champions Trophy and the tri-series in the West Indies. He has played 54 Tests and scored 4,021 runs at an average of 44.18.

Gambhir is the first Indian player to sign for a county this season. In 2012, Harbhajan Singh represented Essex for the second half of the season.

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  • concerned_cricketer on August 15, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir is a player who has class. I am pretty sure, Essex has made the right decision in getting him in. For Gambhir's own sake, he should rediscover his form and being far away from the madding crowd and the pressures of playing cricket in India, he can enjoy the English summer and hone his skills against the moving ball. Also his experience will be handy for Essex when they face pressure situations - I remember Gambhir doing a rearguard for India batting out a good part of two whole days to save a test. Show us a bit more of that class act!

  • JoieDeVivre on August 15, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Good for Gautam Gambhir, I just hope for this personal sake he scores some runs and gets the old mojo back, his form over the last few years has been woeful. Indian can ill afford losing a player of his ilk, having said that him breaking in the Indian team is going to be really tough with Rohit Sharma also willing to play as an opener, but this signing will do him and Essex a world of good if we see the old Gautam Gambhir back.

  • on August 20, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    On which channel in India will the Essex vs Norths match be broadcasted on 20th August. I cant wait to see Gambhir scoring a ton ?

  • SamRoy on August 17, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    It is important for Gambhir's confidence. In the long term he must think of playing in the middle order of the test team at 5 or 6. Dhoni gets the left hander he wants in the middle order who is one of the best players of spin in the world. And I still think he will do a better job at opening in ODIs than Rohit. But for test matches he needs to bat at 5 or 6 especially since we have no experience in the middle order except Dhoni who cannot be expected to make too many runs in the bouncier pitches because of his bottom handed technique. And BCCI will do well to ignore Tendulkar for SA. If he goes as a batting consultant fine but not as a player. Don't expect a 41 yr old who has lost most of his reflexes and is out of competitive international cricket for so long to score runs against Philander, Steyn and Morkel. It is going to be much tougher this time as Philander is a better bowler than even Morkel and last time the third seamer India faced was Tsotsobe who is just about decent.

  • pulkit10 on August 16, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Good on him. This experience will only help it and he is sensible enough to realize that. I'm of the view that to really push yourself as an athlete you need to keep addressing your worst nightmares and keep working on your weaknesses. That's what great cricketers do away from sight - Amla, Steyn, Tendulkar, Ponting; they all put in hours of work each day to get their trade right and exceed in all and any circumstances. That's the only way to get better.

    Good on him to realize that!

  • powerpuff8 on August 16, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Couldn't they have got Sehwag?

  • coherent_critic on August 16, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    well this is good news for gambhir and essex but viru and yuvi are the players i am looking forward to do same as they are the impact players and would be needed for sa tour

  • on August 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Veeru-Gambhir era is over, for good. Let us accept that fact (with due recognition & gratitude to their great contributions in the past).

    Thanks to the vision and courage of the new selection committee, Indian Cricket is looking towards the future. Even there, they are NOT pre-maturely freezing the opening pair. Instead, they are trying out different pairing from among those openers, who seem to have the potential. Not wasting time just reminiscing about the "Glorious"(?) past!

  • Neeta on August 16, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @WAKE_UP_CALL: The problems begin when the person doesn't get enough recognition. He deserved the MOM in the WC final which went to MS Dhoni. Maybe that disheartened him. I am not against the progress of Indian team. Sandeep Patil is doing a great job. My point is that you don't have to degrade a player on here. One has to support these guys in their good times as well as tough times and I am only doing the same. It is a great decision taken by Gambhir to go and play CC in England which others while out of the side have not. One can only improve themselves by working on their problems and I am sure he must have worked on them and sorted out his mental and technical issues. Also, he needed a long break which he had not got for sometime which will do a world of good for him.

  • on August 16, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    good news for gambhir and for those who think that he is not a good batsman outside the indian conditions ,his average is 47 playing outside india which is a good thing . he just needs to get his form back which has been on a decline after the knock of 97 in wc 2011 final.

  • concerned_cricketer on August 15, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir is a player who has class. I am pretty sure, Essex has made the right decision in getting him in. For Gambhir's own sake, he should rediscover his form and being far away from the madding crowd and the pressures of playing cricket in India, he can enjoy the English summer and hone his skills against the moving ball. Also his experience will be handy for Essex when they face pressure situations - I remember Gambhir doing a rearguard for India batting out a good part of two whole days to save a test. Show us a bit more of that class act!

  • JoieDeVivre on August 15, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Good for Gautam Gambhir, I just hope for this personal sake he scores some runs and gets the old mojo back, his form over the last few years has been woeful. Indian can ill afford losing a player of his ilk, having said that him breaking in the Indian team is going to be really tough with Rohit Sharma also willing to play as an opener, but this signing will do him and Essex a world of good if we see the old Gautam Gambhir back.

  • on August 20, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    On which channel in India will the Essex vs Norths match be broadcasted on 20th August. I cant wait to see Gambhir scoring a ton ?

  • SamRoy on August 17, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    It is important for Gambhir's confidence. In the long term he must think of playing in the middle order of the test team at 5 or 6. Dhoni gets the left hander he wants in the middle order who is one of the best players of spin in the world. And I still think he will do a better job at opening in ODIs than Rohit. But for test matches he needs to bat at 5 or 6 especially since we have no experience in the middle order except Dhoni who cannot be expected to make too many runs in the bouncier pitches because of his bottom handed technique. And BCCI will do well to ignore Tendulkar for SA. If he goes as a batting consultant fine but not as a player. Don't expect a 41 yr old who has lost most of his reflexes and is out of competitive international cricket for so long to score runs against Philander, Steyn and Morkel. It is going to be much tougher this time as Philander is a better bowler than even Morkel and last time the third seamer India faced was Tsotsobe who is just about decent.

  • pulkit10 on August 16, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Good on him. This experience will only help it and he is sensible enough to realize that. I'm of the view that to really push yourself as an athlete you need to keep addressing your worst nightmares and keep working on your weaknesses. That's what great cricketers do away from sight - Amla, Steyn, Tendulkar, Ponting; they all put in hours of work each day to get their trade right and exceed in all and any circumstances. That's the only way to get better.

    Good on him to realize that!

  • powerpuff8 on August 16, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Couldn't they have got Sehwag?

  • coherent_critic on August 16, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    well this is good news for gambhir and essex but viru and yuvi are the players i am looking forward to do same as they are the impact players and would be needed for sa tour

  • on August 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Veeru-Gambhir era is over, for good. Let us accept that fact (with due recognition & gratitude to their great contributions in the past).

    Thanks to the vision and courage of the new selection committee, Indian Cricket is looking towards the future. Even there, they are NOT pre-maturely freezing the opening pair. Instead, they are trying out different pairing from among those openers, who seem to have the potential. Not wasting time just reminiscing about the "Glorious"(?) past!

  • Neeta on August 16, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @WAKE_UP_CALL: The problems begin when the person doesn't get enough recognition. He deserved the MOM in the WC final which went to MS Dhoni. Maybe that disheartened him. I am not against the progress of Indian team. Sandeep Patil is doing a great job. My point is that you don't have to degrade a player on here. One has to support these guys in their good times as well as tough times and I am only doing the same. It is a great decision taken by Gambhir to go and play CC in England which others while out of the side have not. One can only improve themselves by working on their problems and I am sure he must have worked on them and sorted out his mental and technical issues. Also, he needed a long break which he had not got for sometime which will do a world of good for him.

  • on August 16, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    good news for gambhir and for those who think that he is not a good batsman outside the indian conditions ,his average is 47 playing outside india which is a good thing . he just needs to get his form back which has been on a decline after the knock of 97 in wc 2011 final.

  • on August 16, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Its going to be most cruical moment in his career. Gambhir will have problem in English condition due to his movement and tendency to play on leg side.And since he doesn't wait for ball to come he might struggle.But we have good record of players going to England county teams and then made it success. Ganguly, Srinath, Kumble, Dravid, Zak.Then why not, Gambhir. Once considered to be future Test captain, his career went south.. But do we know who is India's highest scrorer in T20 and World Cup finals.. U know the person..But he needs to deliver it on big series.His luck is not going good.When he is not playing well, somehow India is losing series and we are seeing him.Rem'ber he was Test batsman#1 for sometime and you don't get it often. Good Luck, Gambhir..

  • SandipManjrekar on August 16, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai

    Agree with your honest views. We should have been there this summer rather than present Oz. Its O.k. We will have the best answer in next summer.

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on August 16, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @neeta.I can reply with all stats to you but you ended your comment with year 2009.so i dont have to.This is 2013.my one post was not published and even if you had read my comments properly it is not only the form that i am pointing my finger at but the attitude.its hard for a die hard gambhir fan like you to see .Thats all right .i wont sweat out coz i dont care .enough young prospects have suffered coz of previous clueless selection committee however people like sandip patil have guts and vision to take indian cricket to new heights which you will not understand.

  • chaitukash79 on August 16, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    This is a win, win, win situation. A win for Essex to have such a talented and experienced player. A win for Gautam - I am sure the time away from the pressures of playing cricket in India and a new dressing room will do wonders for him. If this works out for Gautam, it surely is a huge win for india. Like somebody else said in their comments, it is not going to be easy for Gautam to break into the ODI team with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan both doing so well. But with so many choices - a definite win for India!

  • king_julien on August 16, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    While I was one of Gambhir's many detractors when it came to Test matches. He's still better than Rohit Sharma as an ODI opener. The problem with the board is that they confuse ODI/Test/IPL. Rohit is only good in IPL and he still gets to be in ODI team. Gambhir was good in ODI's and not so in Tests, but either they persisted with him in both or they dropped him in both. Sehwag has been the most destructive test match bat ever(although not on recent form :) ), but he was still persisted with in ODI and T20s. (Even though Sehwag wanted to bat in middle order in tests of late, he was still made to open)

    There's a classic example of the same thing. In 2005/6 sehwag was going great guns in Tests and was very poor in ODIs, Ganguly was playing well in ODIs (third highest scores in ODIs the previous year) and was poor in tests for 2 years.........and what did selectors do, drop Sehwag from tests and Ganguly from ODIs!!!!!!

  • Neeta on August 16, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @WAKE_UP_CALL: In his second comeback to test cricket in 2008, he held his own against Murali and Mendis along with Viru when all the seniors floundered against them. T-20 WC final innings against Pakistan in 2007, how much safe can a guy make a team when he already did most of the job after SRT and Viru got out early. We would have not won the last series in NZ had he not batted for 11 hours in that epic innings in Napier. We are the only sub-continent team to draw a test series in SA because of his two great innings of 90+ in Cape Town. In England he suffered twice because of injuries and in one match after suffering concussion he batted lower down the order and survived for more than 50 balls each time in trying to save the test match for India. Australia series was bad but it was bad for all, performed well in the tri-series that followed. No.1 ICC player in 2009 and ICC Test player of the year. Just don't give negative comments, guy has positives too.

  • on August 16, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @Venkat_Gowrishankar

    May ECB can look at M. Vijay, Badrinath and Dinesh Karthik w.r.t. your perspective in the current championship. They look much at the brighter side than G.G. for same purpose.

  • on August 16, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    All the best to Guatam and he needs to score run there to come back in Indian squad

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on August 16, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Favourite shots: poking anything anything outside off to offer slip catching .....played onto the stumps.......run for a single without caring about the non striker. sledging opposition:" i cant defeat you at your home ground.come to my home ground i will show you what we are made of." Compare this to ganguly era who injected belief to win outside subcontinent according to steve waugh. Ganguly must have felt this is not what i thought of being aggressive or giving it back to opposition.gambhir avergae 44.18 most matches played in india flat tracks.I rest my case.Good luck for county but not for entering indian team.

  • MAK123 on August 16, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    sorry no chance for him to prosper, as far as making runs in the English conditions are concerned. Bowl him an outswinger and you have got the better of him! Also, may be only be good at playing the balls reaching him at knee-height.

  • on August 16, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Well... i would say its too late for Gambhir to play for Essex this season... With almost 3/4th of the season got over he has pushed the panic button only after Shikhar's 248 agsainst SA A team...with the power weights such as Ravi bopara Ryan ten doeschate Owais Shah and Alistair Cook around...! Its difficult for him to prove a point!!... ATB GG...! Ur time is running out...!

  • on August 16, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    in Indians both world cup final t 20 and after world cup both was not possible without YOUR contribution , MD DHONI in very very lucky captain ho have player like you . god bless you and you will be back to side very very soon , do not take pressure and you r in always don't change your game , you are the best and india need you always , IF ANYBODY THING YOU R NOT IMPORTANT HE DOESN'T KNOW CRICKET .

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on August 16, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    an average mediocre player who needs to check in the mirror what really he is worth compared to the way he carries himself on the field.was shouting about being ready for captainship, how about reality check of been shown the door for good of indian cricket.

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on August 16, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    In world cup final 2011 went for glory shot instead of making the team safe.self love overshadowed team love whereas dhoni kept on telling to be calm.He almost gave sri lanka a sniff if not for dhoni.Then vs england 2012 ran sehwag out when he was looking good for another Daddy innings and in second inning ran pujara out the best indian batsman for that series.In mumbai test second innings played selfishly exposing tail enders trying to remain not out and better his average with 40's and coupe of 60's.Thank god got rid of the fungus which was rotting the indian cricket for past 18 months and now you have seen the results.Dont make a mistake to play again with the future players.we already lost dhawan's so many playing years to him.

  • Naresh28 on August 16, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    @hhillbumper - Yes we lost badly in the last English tour. At least we made amends and beat all in Champions Trophy in England recently. Since you choose one bad example we can also choose one bad example where you lost to us. What goes around comes around.

  • Kaka13 on August 16, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    All the best to Guatam and he needs to score run there to come back in Indian squad. It will not be wise to consider him for SA tour, my batting line up for SA tour is Shikhar, Murali, Pujara, Sachin, Virat, Rohit/Kartik and Dhoni. Looking into recent record of Rohit, getting bad habit of throwing wicket in 60s, he needs 3 figure score badly. Please remember it would be last tour of Sachin and Virat will take his coveted place.

  • on August 16, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    all the best Gambhir i miss u in india cricket

  • on August 16, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Hope you do your best and enjoy yourself and come back to India team with gr8 form a head.............

  • CricketFanIndUS on August 16, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    @ Unmesh_cric, very well said. I echo the same. Gambhir won many fans including me with that crucial knock of 97 in the world cup. He faded steadily after that. May be this is the start of his climb back up.

  • on August 16, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    For those asking why other Indians are not playing County, it's because the BCCI does not allow them to - Gambhir got lucky in this situation.

    Imagine the outrage that would be in India if Sachin decided to play County instead of the Indian Domestic tournaments!!

  • on August 16, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Gambir name missing in the fastest to 4000 runs in espn cricinfo records

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283181.html

  • Rahulbose on August 16, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Gambhir and Sehwag both struggled in test matches after spending too much time in IPL. I hope he finds the hunger to play test cricket again.

  • Nik84 on August 16, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    no matter what everyone says but he has very less chance to come back. coz of everyones that there are some serious issues between sehwag gambhir and dhoni. no matter what he do he wont come back. i thought everyone commenting here might have got it by this time. Dhoni will give rohit, dhawan vijay as many chances till they get settled in. Coz its simple if Murli vijay gets selected as third opener and plus rihane selected then it shows selectors and dhoni not happy with his attitude which is right on some occasions that he scores 30-40 and gives his wicket away plus 2 runouts on the other end.anyways i love gauti's batting specialy the way he played in worldcup, SA tour and NZ tour he was amongst the best for couple of years but God knows what happened in dressing room that made things bad between our captain and 2 openers, i guess they never think he is a right captain. anyways its hard for gauti specialy when dhawan is scoring so much and rohit got settled in odis as an opener.

  • the_blue_android on August 15, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Here is a man who destroyed his own test career by playing senseless dabs to the third-man. One suggestion Gauti. Do not try to dab the ball to the third man for a single in swinging and seaming conditions!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    @hhillbumper: That's ignorant to call a good player like Gambhir a 'walking wicket'. The same could be said about most English batsmen on Indian wickets. The only reason England won in India during the tests was because your spinners managed to out bowl our young spinners. From a batting perspective, apart from KP and Cook, none of the other batsmen played well. What goes around, comes around. I am sure Gambhir deserves some appreciation for his willingness to get better playing in England. Believe it or not, the next Indian test team to visit England will be totally a different cup of team compare to the one that visited in 2011.

  • on August 15, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I think gambhir can easily take no.6 spot iin the batting order in SA,he scored two 90s in cape town last time india toured there and he scored a 50 in the first test and he missed the durban test due to injury.hope selectors show faith in him take him to SA

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 15, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    @Dr.Navdeep Johar, not sure if you are living in the past, but the names you have taken are done with. Good riddance (may be save for Zak).

    @hhillbumper...my thoughts exactly!!!

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on August 15, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    @hhillbumper : Look at the bright side, you can unearth some good slip and gully catchers.

  • Srini_Indian on August 15, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @hhillbumper: Yes we do. Remember we won the series 1-0 in 07. 2011 series was a bad one but our goal that year was to win the test series in SA which we narrowly missed and CWC 2011. Players were under-prepared, disinterested. Honestly, if you could ask any Indian they'd take the World cup played in home soil or some test series played elsewhere, I'm sure 90% of the people would have said CWC. That doesn't mean we don't care for test cricket like England say about ODI when they lose, its just that we want it very badly.

  • on August 15, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    If Gauti works on his attitude -- which can seem selfish and arrogant at times, he could be a regular fixture in the Indian team. Instead, when we failed overseas he started talking about revenge and blaming the pitches. Hope this season in county cricket will do him some good.

  • on August 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Dear all gambhir still better than vijay/rohit etc.lets hope he gets back in from. India needs him. Also wr need harbhajan zaheer also. Our young bowler's will let us down on the big day. We also need yuvraj for one day games He will only help us win world cup 2015..rainas etc... Pujaras are not in same class

  • Raki99 on August 15, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I hope He gets his MOJO back, Has been struggling since long time, I Don't even remember when was the last time he played a good inning in the Test match. I think he if he scores some runs He should be considered for the test matches in SA. I am still not sold on M vijay he can be good in indian conditions not abroad he is gone struggle against the likes of steyn and company.

  • SDHM on August 15, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Good on Gambhir, basically. He's looking to improve his own game and is desperate to get back into that Test side, and with a tour to England coming up next year he's making a good decision. He should also improve the Essex batting, which has ropey at the top all season. Doubt he'll enjoy facing Tymal Mills in the nets too much though!

  • SandipManjrekar on August 15, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    He was undoubtedly the best opener for IND in the last Decade. He played many best innings against all king of bowling attacks everywhere. With the time, every player faces new challenges & has gone through bad phases too. Finally Gambhir realized about himself after assessing the current IND scenario. He has not taken for granted about his position. It is one of the best decisions that Gambhir has taken now. He is 32 & still have some years of cricket left in him. It is the T20 effect which has major impact on his batting causing serious damage. England is the best place where he can correct on his strength & weaknesses. I think he should have taken this decision earlier as he missed the best of the challenging conditions there. He has made comeback earlier in his career. He is gutsy. No doubt he will succeed.

  • hhillbumper on August 15, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    why pick an Indian batsman? Can most of them play on our wickets? Gambhir was a walking wicket on his last tour here? Use in short format where he can't get bounced. This is a terrible call by Essex

  • on August 15, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Honestly,Gambhir is a born talent.....though he lost his place in the squad and is very tough to bounce back....it doesnt matter his style and game. If Gambhir performs well at the county....that is some great news as it would be advantage for India if they tour England and also Gambhir could back to the squad....also wud love if Viru and Zak play for the county.....Good luck Gauti

  • kahvas on August 15, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Gambhir is a class act. Agreed he did not do well recently. But he's a true match winner,especially coming at #3. Hopefully he comes back in the national side soon.

  • Swapnil-Sehwag-Gambhir1 on August 15, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Best of luck Gambhir. Hope you return your past glory and improve your technique to become a even better cricketer and if you return to test cricket then improve your average from 44.18 to around 48 or above. May you and Sehwag come back to your original opening positions and answer back to your critics with your bat.

  • ProdigyA on August 15, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Gambhir is a fighter and love his attitude. Good luck to you mate.

  • Swapnil-Sehwag-Gambhir1 on August 15, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I am really happy and grearful to god that you have got a deal in county cricket You always choose things which completely different but are correct and that seperates you from an ordinary cricketer. You always bat according to the situation. You have played so many match winning innings in your career and that to in the big stages like the ICC t20 world cup final in 2007 in which you scored 75 of 54 and the the ICC ODI world cup final in 2011 in which scored a classy 97.You are also a fine test cricketer with an average of 44.18 with a strike rate of 51.2 which is really impressive for a opener. Your average in odi is 39.7 at 85.25 strike rate and 28 at 119 strike rate in t20 . This shows that you are prefect in all situations and adapt to all forms of the game and that has maade you successful. I really hope you and Sehwag make a comeback in all forms of the game at your opening positions and answer back to your critics with your bat. Best of luck playing for Essex and may score lots

  • on August 15, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Gambhir's form for India nosedived as his national team's performances declined exponentially. For Essex, I hope he does well as he still has plenty of ability, although I'm not sure he'l get back into the Indian team.

  • DaGameChanger on August 15, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Gambhir is a class act and Indian domestic players swear his ability. However, I do think winning world cup made him little lazy and less ambitious during which he developed technical flaws as well. Gambhir and Yuvraj are possibly two Indian players who can still make it to team without any doubt. They're simply high-class from my point of view to be not in India's team for next couple of years.

  • loke_cricfan on August 15, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    All the best GG....Hoping Raina, Shewag, Uvi soon will be playing in County to get back to form in testing conditions. This would serve great for India... BCCI pls send our players to COUNTY

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on August 15, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    On a lighter side, Maybe ECB felt that there were not enough slip catches in the current championship and decided to rope him in to even things out.

  • on August 15, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I genuinly hope that Gambir does well for Essex and in turn for his own skills, as it has been said before, he has developed some habits wondering outside his off stumps and playing those risky shots whihc yield into losing his wicket in most cases. I also would like to say that as a player he does need to calm down and simply concentrate with his batting abilities ie let the bat do the talking, rather than his mouth. Try to enjoy what you do best Gambir and smile a bit, it is not a crime Gambir. I wish you well and please do believe this, I personally think there is a real chance for you to make a come back at tesr level for India. Good luck at Essex yeah!!

  • wibblewibble on August 15, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    So is he available for finals day? The article doesn't make that clear…

  • TM on August 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Am i the only one that thought they shouldve sent kohli pujara raina sharma and dhawan to county cricket this season??

  • PraveenPrathapChandran on August 15, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Gauti's decision to sign for Essex is obviously good for him,great for Essex ...and pleasing for indian future tour programs.At present he doesn't fit into India's scheme of plans,but i still believe picking him as the third opener behind Shikhar and Vijay for SA tour will make some sense. He has a lot of experience,he is keeping himself fit and foam is a matter of time only.Personally i believe he has made a fine decision keeping in mind the fact that India is going to tour NZ and ENG next year....where we have to deal with quality attacks on seaming conditions.And who knows...Vijay obviously not consistent enough baring his last series..and failure against Steyn & co may open the gate for Gauti again....anyway happy independence day bros...

  • Unmesh_cric on August 15, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    I used to like Gambhir. He was one of the key players who made 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup wins possible for India. His contribution in both those finals was crucial. He scored a crucial fifty in 2007 T20 World Cup Final which allowed India to put up a fighting score of 156 against Pakistan. In the last ODI World Cup Final, India were in early trouble losing Tendulkar and Sehwag chasing a score of 270+. Everybody remembers Dhoni's inning, but Gambhir's contribution of 97 was probably much more important. He steadied the inning along with Kohli and put India in a position to win the match. But somewhere along the line, Gambhir lost his way. He became a bit arrogant in my opinion. Instead of working on his weaknesses, he started to defend his modest scores...may be he took his place for granted. Also, becoming the captain of KKR probably fueled this arrogance further. But still, Gambhir is one of India's World Cup heroes. I hope he works on his game sincerely. Good luck, Gauti!

  • Naresh28 on August 15, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Talking of Gambhir - when does Zaks come back if at all? This was one indian bowler who could take wickets, I feel he has lefta void in the team and will be hard to replace. He may still have a good two years left in him.

  • Sir_Ivor on August 15, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    I wish some of the comment makers appreciate the fact that one cannot just go to England and start playing for some county.They have their own proceedures and contractual obligations. Most players work it out through the good offices of a player who is already playing for a particular county or someone else of relevance to the county.I remember,when Zaheer started playing for Worcestershire,it was through Vikram Solanki.It is the same with others. The BCCI could help out considering the clout they wield.But I am happy for Gambhir because he is basically a good player who has developed bad habits in playing outside the off stump. I am sure he will sort out those problems and be ready for the South African tour in November. He has done well in South Africa always and with some adjustments could be a valuable asset. I wish Jadeja, Pujara and the pace bowlers get a similar opportunity to don the colours of some county. Sussex could as it has been a second home for our players in the past.

  • Cric_Freak0 on August 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    County cricket is good enough for Gambhir. A player with his attitude doesn't deserve to be in an international squad. He should let his bat talk. With the current opening batsmen for India, Gambhir has no chance. So better cut down on that attitude to last longer in a county team gauti..!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Great addition. good decision by gambhir .I think he will soon come to the test squad as others will fail at SA and wish he will be test captain one day.

  • calcu on August 15, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    I have been a big fan of gambhir since his debut but his recent form has been poor. This is going to be his last chance to get a test comeback otherwise his career looks over. Hope he grabs it!!

  • Naresh28 on August 15, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    The BEST part of his batting was the way he used his feet. Nimble. The worst part of his batting was him giving slip catch practice to opposition. If he can overcome this flaw he could make it back to the Indian team. Indian fans will not forget his WC batting thats for sure. And thats the reason he still has fans. He was a bit outspoken as well.

  • battingaboveyouraverage on August 15, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    This is a great move and I hope he plays and gets a number of "4 day cricket" innings under his belt. I've been saying for a long time, I don't understand why more Indian players don't come to England and play the county circuit. Ganguly, Tendulkar, Shewag, Zaheer all came to England and it truly helped their game and improved their technique. English grounds have something for bowlers and batsmen, but you have to work at both to get purchase. You can argue, there's a lot more international cricket being played, and the teams are a lot more fitter, but last time India played tests in England and Aus what did they learn, that they can't play swing or bounce (think the opposition learnt more of their opponents)! Hope Pujara (espically), Kholi, Yadav, Ishant, Jadeja all have a go at the county circuit it would really help their games! Why not send some U19/U21 from the performance squad! You never stop learning ask Tendulkarr!

  • tcherian on August 15, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Gauti, Yuvraj and Zaheer seem to be working harder. Good for them and Indian cricket

  • Neeta on August 15, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    This is an excellent news. I have been waiting for this new for sometime now as Indian cricket is in its off season and many of the experienced players who are not in the side right now have been cooling their heels since the IPL ended. Gambhir has the class, technique, mental strength and capability to walk into the Indian side. You just can't select a team full of youngsters. There needs to be a sprinkling of experienced players as well. Kudos to BCCI for allowing Gautam to go and play county cricket. Hope he gives a performance like Zak did in 2006 County Season for Worcestershire. If not as opener, Gambhir can certainly return as a middle order batsmen for SA series. In his last series there, he scored 250 runs in 2 tests which is excellent for an opening batsman. Gambhir after a long break must be fully recharged now and raring to perform to comeback into the side which can only be a good news for Indian Cricket. Best of Luck Gauti on your stint in County Cricket!!!

  • venkatesh018 on August 15, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Much needed outing for Gautam. Hope many other Indian first class cricketers go the same route and polish their game in County cricket....

  • on August 15, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    More than form it is attitude which will prevent his reentry into Indian team. He has a divisive influence in the team. He also has a formidable opponent in Dhoni who is of the same age as Gambhir.Of the three openers, two have to fare really bad in the forthcoming series against south Africa for Gambhir to have any chance at all. His fielding is also a minus mark particularly in the shorter formats of the game.

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Gambir should replace rohit in Odis .. But its tough as rohit is doing a decent job.. In test vijay n dhawan is good.. But gambir is a very good classic player he can probably play at 4 after sachin's retirement.. And in t20s gambir n dhawan should open.

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Good news for Gauti and India as well. Reminded of Zak's county stint few years back. I am sure Gauti will do very well, with a vengence to prove himself. Hope to see him in Indian team for South Africa. We need such experienced batsman at the top of the order.

  • class9ryan on August 15, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    If Gautam can stop opening the bat face on the balls near to the off stump like he used to before the WC 2011, he still could make it into the Indian team and find his spot at the top of the order in place of Rohit who is/maybe inconsistent.

  • zico123 on August 15, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    excellent decision by Gambhir, he should sort out his mental and technical flaws and score heavily in county, only then he can force his way back into Indian team.

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Was just discussing with my Friends on why no Indian Players play in County FC Matches even though they know they are weak against Swinging Balls in English Conditions. May be not possible for Players in indian Squad right now because of the FTP Schedule. But definitely the Others in the fringes and discards like Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvi could try. And this news was exactly what i had been expecting for Many years now.

  • CricketMaan on August 15, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Good on ya Gauti! When i read that Amla and Kane willamsan had signed for county season i was gutted why no Indian player is doing that, especially Gautam, Ohja, Ishant etc. In the recent mememory Zak, Irfan, Sree and to some extent even Dada benefited from county. BCCI needs to change thier attitude and let players play in county.

  • CricketChat on August 15, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Gambhir has to do very well to in county cricket to harbor any hopes of an Ind team recall. With his younger replacements doing fairly well, he might find it hard unless helped by injuries and unavailability. Good luck to him.

  • spot_on on August 15, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Mark my words. He will get his technique and his attitude straightened.. He will make his way into the Indian playing XI in style and will be an asset till 37, just like Haydos!!

  • CricketMaan on August 15, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    @zaboo - I hope you have read about Gautam's marthaon innings in NZ to save a test and his gritty score (can't remember) to save a Test in SA while battling Dale Styen's fire. He has been having a rough time on various aspects of the game since that WC 2011 and i guess it started in that match when he was overlooked for the MOM award that night. He deserved it, but Dhoni stole it!

  • zaboo on August 15, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Lets see how a sub-continent player plays in england. Good player but the phobia for sub-continent player " the moving ball " is now more likely.

  • Narbavi on August 15, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    This is probably the best move Gauti could have made to revive his career, he had a good break and now its time to get back to what he does best, playing county cricket at this crucial juncture when india is about to play a lot of overseas tests would make him a contender for that opener's slot if he does well

  • o-bomb on August 15, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @El_Dipstick - spot on! The last time India toured here they were rubbish and only Dravid could adjust to the conditions. If more Indian batsmen play county cricket then more Indian batsmen will have experience of English conditions and be able to prosper when they play tests here. This can only improve Gambhir as a player and should be good for his career.

  • Tijara on August 15, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I wonder why more Indians are not playing in county cricket. This is the way to learn how to play on bouncy fast pitches and also makes county cricket more exciting for Indian fans.

  • Lilagopal on August 15, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Essex's gain is India's loss. Player with great calibre. He will definitely make a mark

  • palla.avinash on August 15, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    This should be interesting gambir is running out of time for the place in indian team.He is already 32 but as we doesn't know how good murali vijay can be in overseas condition a very very good season in county cricket and ranji throphy may bring him a place for tests in south Africa.All the best gambir but you need score bulk of runs like big hundreds to be back in indian team right now.

  • El_Dipstik on August 15, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    More Indian players should follow suit and test themselves in English conditions. It will be good preparation for the England/India test series next summer.

  • Rajdeepgupta on August 15, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Thank heavens for this deal else Gauti would have been completely forgotten. If he could just perform, there is a slim chance of him given a look for the 2015 WC.

  • Rajdeepgupta on August 15, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Thank heavens for this deal else Gauti would have been completely forgotten. If he could just perform, there is a slim chance of him given a look for the 2015 WC.

  • El_Dipstik on August 15, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    More Indian players should follow suit and test themselves in English conditions. It will be good preparation for the England/India test series next summer.

  • palla.avinash on August 15, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    This should be interesting gambir is running out of time for the place in indian team.He is already 32 but as we doesn't know how good murali vijay can be in overseas condition a very very good season in county cricket and ranji throphy may bring him a place for tests in south Africa.All the best gambir but you need score bulk of runs like big hundreds to be back in indian team right now.

  • Lilagopal on August 15, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Essex's gain is India's loss. Player with great calibre. He will definitely make a mark

  • Tijara on August 15, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I wonder why more Indians are not playing in county cricket. This is the way to learn how to play on bouncy fast pitches and also makes county cricket more exciting for Indian fans.

  • o-bomb on August 15, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @El_Dipstick - spot on! The last time India toured here they were rubbish and only Dravid could adjust to the conditions. If more Indian batsmen play county cricket then more Indian batsmen will have experience of English conditions and be able to prosper when they play tests here. This can only improve Gambhir as a player and should be good for his career.

  • Narbavi on August 15, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    This is probably the best move Gauti could have made to revive his career, he had a good break and now its time to get back to what he does best, playing county cricket at this crucial juncture when india is about to play a lot of overseas tests would make him a contender for that opener's slot if he does well

  • zaboo on August 15, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Lets see how a sub-continent player plays in england. Good player but the phobia for sub-continent player " the moving ball " is now more likely.

  • CricketMaan on August 15, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    @zaboo - I hope you have read about Gautam's marthaon innings in NZ to save a test and his gritty score (can't remember) to save a Test in SA while battling Dale Styen's fire. He has been having a rough time on various aspects of the game since that WC 2011 and i guess it started in that match when he was overlooked for the MOM award that night. He deserved it, but Dhoni stole it!

  • spot_on on August 15, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Mark my words. He will get his technique and his attitude straightened.. He will make his way into the Indian playing XI in style and will be an asset till 37, just like Haydos!!