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Essex sign Gautam Gambhir
10:29am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
ESSEX have announced the signing of the prolific Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir.
The Delhi-born 31 year-old, who has made 54 Test appearances for his country, replaces Hamish Rutherford as Essex’s overseas player.
Rutherford will return to New Zealand after the Friends Life t20 Finals Day for pre-season training ahead of their domestic and international competitions.
Gambhir is expected to make his Essex debut in the County Championship match with Northamptonshire on Tuesday, August 20 for the Colchester Cricket Festival at Castle Park, and will be available for the remainder of the season.
Gambhir said: “I am delighted to have this chance to make my county cricket debut with Essex.
“After the IPL ended I was looking to play some competitive cricket and playing for Essex will give me that opportunity.
“I hope I can make some meaningful contributions to Essex in the ongoing season.”
Essex head coach Paul Grayson said “We are delighted with the signing.
“Gautam is a player with real pedigree, which has been showcased on the biggest stages in world cricket.
“He will no doubt bring his experience to the squad during an important stage of the season for us.”
Gambhir is a left-handed batsman with 4,021 runs Test runs to his name at an average of 44.18.
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