Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Most of the students cherish the aspiration to crack the civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which happens to be the toughest examination in India.

The UPSC exam is conducted once a year and lakhs of students appear in it. However, only a few hundred of them manage to succeed. Surprisingly, a former Indian cricketer had managed to clear the toughest examination before making it to the national team.

The surprising package is former explosive batsman Amay Khurasia. The former left-handed batsman, who was born in 1972, belongs to Madhya Pradesh. Khurasia had cleared the UPSC exam before his ODI debut. He is currently posted in the Customs and Central Excise Department.

The former aggressive batsman started playing the game at a very young age. He made his first-class debut at the age of 17. Khurasia was also a very good student. He succeeded in cracking the UPSC exam before making his international debut for India.

Khurasia went on to play his first international match for Team India in 1999 against Sri Lanka in Pepsi Cup. He grabbed the attention of all and sundry in his debut as he scored an attacking 57 runs in just 45 balls. However, he failed to continue the momentum which eventually led to the end of his international career after a few years.

The explosive left-hander played only 12 ODIs for India and garnered 149 runs. His last match was against Sri Lanka in 2001. He played 119 first-class matches for Madhya Pradesh and scored over 7000 runs. He announced his retirement from first-class cricket on April 22, 2007.