VVS Laxman played 136 Tests for India between the years 1996 and 2012 © IANS
VVS Laxman played 134 Tests for India between the years 1996 and 2012 © IANS

New Delhi: Former cricketer V.V.S. Laxman was awarded an honorary doctorate at the seventh convocation ceremony of TERI University at New Delhi on Wednesday.

Three others also received the honour — former president of East Timor José Manuel Ramos-Horta, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, and Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi.

Accepting the doctorate, Laxman said: “I am happy because I wanted to become a doctor but realised my dream to play for the country. This is the right time for the youth to realise their personal aspirations and bring glory to the nation.”

Laxman played 134 Tests and 86 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for India in a career spanning 16 years between 1996 and 2012. He scored 8,781 runs at an average of 45.97, including a top-innings score of 281 against Australia in 2001.