Gautam Gambhir is looking to make the most of playing in county cricket and says his stint with Essex has given him the opportunity to fulfil his long time dream.
"Back home at the moment there's not a lot of cricket and you always want to challenge yourself in different conditions, especially when you can get six first-class games in before your own first-class season starts, it's always a great opportunity," Gambhir, who has joined Essex for the rest of the English season, told Essex Chronicle .
"When you are growing up as a kid you always hear about county cricket and I think you should play it once in your lifetime. It's always a good opportunity to come out here and play county cricket for a team like Essex which has got some quality players. It's going to be a good challenge and good fun as well," he added.
Gambhir made 31 off 67 in his debut county innings against Northamptionshire on Wednesday. The 31-year-old hasn't played for India in Tests since the England series in December said his immediate goal was to play well for Essex. "The main thing is to do well for Essex and to try and bring Essex success - that is my immediate aim. I just need to go out there and keep scoring runs and try and contribute in every way," said Gambhir who has represented India in 54 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20 internationals.
Gambhir was dropped from the Indian side following his inconsistent run that included not scoring a century in his previous 26 Tests.