New Delhi, Aug 15 IANS | 2 years ago

Out of favour India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has signed for English county club Essex for the remainder of the season.

Essex have signed the gutsy Indian batsman to bring success to a poor campaign.

"Hi guys, off to play county cricket tomorrow, will be playing for Essex Eagles," Gambhir tweeted Thursday.

Essex coach Paul Grayson feels Gambhir can turn around their campaign.

"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 will be replacing 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 the team ahead of their County Championship match against Northamptonshire in Colchester starting Aug 20.

Gambhir is the first Indian player to play for a county club this season. Harbhajan Singh also played for Essex in the last half of the season last year.

(Posted on 15-08-2013)