Coimbatore, Oct 18: Former India Test batsman VVS Laxman has revealed his plans of setting up a school and a sports academy.
Laxman, who bid adieu to cricket last year, was quoted as saying that it was his dream to open a school with "sound infrastructure".
"It is my dream. I want to set up a school with sound infrastructure and, with it, promote lots of activities. The Academy will feature various disciplines but my primary focus will be on cricket. I believe sports will help build character," Laxman was quoted as saying by "The Hindu" newspaper in Coimbatore on Thursday.
On asked why he wanted to start a school, he said: "Because, I am passionate about education. I am lucky because I learnt a lot through cricket. I learnt from both the good and bad experiences on and off the field. And, I am very proud that my cricketing life helped me progress as a person."
Laxman said he took a big gamble by playing cricket and not following his parents who are doctors.
"My parents are doctors. Obviously, they wanted me to become one. And, I almost got enrolled in a medical college but then I made the toughest decision in my life - to become a cricketer. It was a big gamble but it paid off," he said.
The Hyderabadi said his favourite leader was Mahatma Gandhi and went on state that Sachin Tendulkar and Gandhi shared same qualities.
"My role model was my dad but my favourite leader was the Mahatma (Gandhi). He preached non violence but had the power in him and quite easily earned the support of his countrymen. From the cricketing point of view, Sachin is right up there. Both share the same quality. They had no egos and did not look for post or position," he said.
The 38-year-old retired from cricket last year. He played 134 Tests and scored 8,781 runs. In 86 ODIs, he aggregated 2,338 runs.