London, Aug 20: India opener Gautam Gambhir feels doing well in English conditions will boost his confidence for the 2013-14 first-class domestic season.
Gambhir, who has signed for Essex county, has joined the team and started training. Calling it a "great opportunity" to play for Essex, the left-hander wants to contribute to the team's success.
"I think it is a great opportunity when you get into a team like Essex which has some quality players. So, if you go out there and contribute to whatever success they are looking for, it is always a good feeling," Gambhir told "Essex TV".
"You want to do well in these conditions because it is completely different from what you get back home. You would want to test yourself here in different conditions and challenges. That is what makes you a better player and overall cricketer as well. If you succeed in these conditions, obviously it will enhance your confidence going back into the first-class season (in India)," added Gambhir.
Gambhir, who is currently out of the Indian team, said it is a "luxury" to play six first-class games for Essex during the off-season in India.
"When you get six first-class games, it is always a luxury especially when the season finishes. It is completely different condition here. When you are growing up as a kid, you have heard so much about county cricket. You want to go there and experience yourself of that. It is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to it," Gambhir said ahead of his first county stint.
The 31-year-old Gambhir has so far played 54 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is.