How Ex-UP Ranji Captain Switched his Profession to Being a Lawyer

What do cricketers often choose after drawing the curtains on their career? Since the game remains etched deep in their hearts, they want to stay closer to it in every way possible. They take on the coaching job or end up with a microphone in their hands; to be a commentator. There were also certain players, such as S Venkataraghavan from India and Kumara Dharmasena from Sri Lanka, who chose not to leave the field after retirement, thus becoming match officials.

And speaking of the Indian cricketers, they still have a few career options to navigate; like acting in movies, politics etc. Outside of this class, there is one guy who made his way into another genre. He is former cricketer Eklavya Dwivedi.

Born in Allahabad (now Prayagraj), Eklavya made his domestic debut against Rajasthan during the 2008 Vijay Hazare Trophy. A few years later, he reached the Uttar Pradesh Ranji Team where he played his debut match against Odisha in November 2010.

In 2016, the former wicketkeeper batter witnessed a rapid rise in his career following his exploits in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He scored 258 points in 9 games and finished as the highest finisher for UP. After a great season, he got an IPL contract worth Rs 1 crore from Gujarat Lions and played 4 matches in what was the debut season of the franchise.

Before shifting his focus to a full-time attorney, he had played 43 First-class games, 36 List A and 47 T20 games. He scored over 3000 runs, including 3 centuries in the longest format. He also holds the record for fastest first-class century for Uttar Pradesh at just 70 balls, and also fastest List A fifty in 21 balls; both against Railways.

In addition to Gujarat Lions, he had been part of Chennai Super Kings, Pune Warriors India and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Why did Eklavya change profession from cricket to lawyer?

In an exclusive interview with News18 Cricketnext, the former Uttar Pradesh captain said he spoke at length about why he shifted his focus.

“That is a story in itself. I played cricket for a while, as you would have known. Basically, I have a family background in law. I had a base to work with; to get started and move from cricket to law,” said Eklavya.

He started his journey with the goal of playing for the country. But when he was 30, he saw the opportunity slip away, and decided to try what his family was already involved in.

“Look, the idea behind cricket was that I would eventually play for the country. And when I saw that slip, because I was already thirty then and MS (Dhoni) was still playing and then Rishabh (Pant) came into the picture,’ Eklavya said.

“So I had to make a calculated move about what the next step in my career should be. I could have played domestic cricket and IPL for another 4-5 years but then it would have been very difficult for me to move from cricket to law. When there was still time, I chose to change my profession.

“And look, I’m probably in the right place (he chuckles).”

Putting the cricket pack aside and picking up law books and magazines to become a lawyer takes quite a bit of courage, especially if you’re 30 years old. But Eklavya found it interesting and made it possible for himself.

“After cricket I did it (pursued the law). I completed my LLB from India around 2018. And I am currently working independently, doing my master’s degree in international trade and business law from England at the same time,” he said.

Eklavya is currently handling the case of Rishabh Pant

Eklavya is currently handling the case of Rishabh Pant, where the Indian wicketkeeper batter was swindled by a former Haryana cricketer Mrinank Singh. The suspect had offered Pant to get him expensive watches and cell phones at a lower price. However, the cricketer was duped for Rs 1.63 crore via an unpaid check.

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“Rishabh placed that order and transferred some money from his bank account. He also gave Mrink some expensive jewelry to sell. Mail whose accused was unable to deliver any of these goods to my client.

“When that happened, both Rishabh and his manager were persistent. Subsequently, a mutual oral settlement was reached. By this oral settlement, Mrinank Singh issued a check in favor of Rishabh for Rs 1.63 cr, which was eventually returned, Eklavya explained.

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