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Lalit Modi steps down from administration; informs BCCI about doing enough for Indian cricket

Lalit Modi was a cricket administrator from 1999 © Getty Images (File Photo)One of the most forward-thinking figures in the Indian cricket administration has decided to move on and let go of his tainted yet successful legacy. Architect of the now a money-crunching IPL, Lalit Modi has decided to bid adieu to the game for good. Currently living a life of an accused in exile, Modi in a tweet thanked everyone for his growth as an administrator and making his pet-project IPL a global success. Modi, in his tweet that also had a letter noted to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, stated that he has done enough for Indian cricket and now it is time for future administrators to take up the mantle. Modi’s tweet read, ” Dear Fans of cricket & the lifeline of the game. I want to take this opportunity 2 thank each & everyone of you for making @IPL what it is ” Modi was the first chairman and commissioner for IPL, and ran the tournament till 2010. He was also a chairman of the now-defunct Champions League from 2008-10. Modi was BCCI vice-president from 2005 to 2010. He headed Rajasthan Cricket Association from 2005 to 2009 and 2014 to 2015. He was also the vice-president of Punjab Cricket Association from 2004 to 2009. Modi’s first run-in as cricket administrator came way back in 1999, when he was elected as a member in the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association but failed to make any impact. Dear Fans of cricket & the lifeline of the game. I want to take this oppertunity 2 thank each & everyone of you for making @IPL what it is pic.twitter.com/WOIlYUaRs1 — Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) August 11, 2017 The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is pursuing 17 cases of alleged financial impropriety against Modi and other former office-bearers of the BCCI-IPL under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)

CPL 2017: Colin Munro’s blitz, Shadab Khan’s 4-for ease Trinbago Knight Riders to 7-wicket...

Shadab Khan © Getty ImagesColin Munro’s blitz and Shadab Khan’s 4-for eased Trinbago Knight Riders to 7-wicket win against Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL 2017. With this fourth successive win, the Knight Riders have taken a two-point lead over Barbados Tridents, leading the points table. Opting to bowl, the Knight Riders were not at their best. Warriors’ openers Martin Guptill and Chadwick Walton blazed their way to 40 runs off just 3 overs. Robert Frylinck proved to be expensive with his spell, conceding 22 of it. Dwayne Bravo decided to bring his spinner Shadab Khan after a horrific start. The move paid dividends as the Pakistan spinner got rid of Guptill for 24. Sunil Narine also joined the action, removing Babar Azam. However, Walton kept the scoreboard ticking with his big shots. But Warriors lost the momentum when Kevon Cooper was introduced into attack, removing Walton for 36. It was then over to Shadab who did not let partnerships to build up, as he struck at regular intervals. Warriors added a modest total of 156 with spinners sharing combined figures of 8-0-44-6. Knight Riders, on the other hand, lost Brendon McCullum early on. Nevertheless, Munro and Narine were on a rampage stitching 72-run stand by the Powerplay. Munro was on fire especially adding 46 runs to the partnership. Warriors, finally, found a breakthrough scalping Narine for 23. Darren Bravo also tried to play a handy innings but was sent back to the pavilion by Roshan Primus. Denesh Ramdin, along with Munro, then got the chase back on track. Ramdin got a couple of boundaries, while Munro was busy with the big shots. Ramdin then sealed the Knight Riders innings in the penultimate over with two consecutive sixes. Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 156 for 7 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 36, Martin Guptill 24; Shadab Khan 4 for 28) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 162 for 3 in 19 overs (Colin Munro 70*, Denesh Ramdin 42*; Sohail Tanvir 1 for 34) by 7 wickets with 6 balls to spare

Live Cricket Score, India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 1: IND 3 down

© AFPHello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of third Test between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekele. We, at CricketCountry, will be bringing to you live updates and interesting tweets throughout the dead rubber. India have already bagged the three-Test series after posting convincing victories in the first two matches, and are on the verge of a whitewash in Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli and co. will like to maintain momentum and throttle Sri Lanka further. Sri Lanka lost the series opener by a whopping margin of 304 runs. The script remained the same in the penultimate Test at Colombo. Opting to bat, India posted a massive 622 for 9 decl. courtesy, centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and fifties from KL Rahul, Ravinchandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja. Bowlers did their job after restricting Sri Lanka to 183 in the first innings. Following on, hosts fought hard on the back of resilient knocks by Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne. Nonetheless, the writing was always on the wall. The task was a stiff one, and Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 53 runs. With the series already on India’s side, they will like to experiment. Jadeja, Man of the Match from the previous test, has been banned due to breach of conduct by ICC. His position is most likely to be filled by Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have made it clear to fight till the end in order to prevent a whitewash. They have recalled Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Gamage for the final encounter. However, they have to pull up their socks in a bid to stop a rampant Indian side. Squads: India: Virat Kohli (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Abhinav Mukund, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne

Suspension of RCA secretary ‘non-effective and illegal’, says Rajasthan HC

© Getty ImagesJaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: The Rajasthan High Court on Friday refused the stay order of ombudsman in the suspension of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) Secretary R.S. Nandhu, stating that the order was ‘non-effective’ and illegal. The High Court impleaded Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as respondent and will go into the larger issue of suspension of RCA by the BCCI, and also BCCI’s letter asking RCA to disaffiliate the Nagaur District Cricket Association. The next hearing is scheduled for August 23. The court is likely to consider the implications of BCCI’s letter. Meanwhile, the High Court has cancelled the two parallel General Body meetings called by the petitioners. In case the High Court concludes that the BCCI letter asking for Nagaur DCA’s disaffiliation is illegal, no further questions on disaffiliation of Nagaur DCA or on Lalit Modi’s resignation from Nagaur DCA would arise. Earlier, holding the appointment of the ombudsman and the ethics officer of the RCA valid, the HC had directed that they shall complete their full tenure of three years. A single judge bench of Justice J K Ranka stayed the operation of letters of Joint Secretary Mahendra Nahar that required Ombudsman Gyan Sudha Mishra, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, and Ethics Officer Pana Chand Jain, a retired judge of the high court, to put down their papers and leave their respective assignments by handing over the files to C P Joshi, the newly-elected RCA chief. This order came on an application moved by Pinkesh Jain, treasurer of RCA, through advocate Sudhir Gupta, who alleged that the joint secretary has been illegally designated by the RCA president as officiating secretary and he is misusing his position.

Pakistan cricketers reported to cut short stints in CPL 2017 and English domestic season

Shoaib Malik, along with Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz, are currently involved in CPL 2017 © Getty ImagesPakistan cricketers, currently involved in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2017 and English domestic season, have been asked to cut short their participation in the wake of late finalisation and rescheduling of the upcoming ICC World XI series. ICC had granted Pakistan to host a series against World XI, comprising of top players from the cricketing fraternity in late September, but owing to Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan in UAE (starting from September 24), the series is likely to be held in mid September. “The centrally contracted players were given permission for participation in the CPL and English county season subject to recall if the World XI series took place mid September, they are now being recalled owing to the changes in schedule brought about due to the change in the original World XI tour of Pakistan plan,” PCB stated in a media release. ”The series has been brought forward to mid September instead of last week of September because the Punjab Government wants it to be held before the NA120 election on September 17. It can’t be held after September 17 because there is no time to both hold the series and also give National Coach Mickey Arthur time for training the team before the series starts with Sri Lanka on September 24,” the release added. Pakistan are eager to organise a three-match T20 series against World XI in a bid to bring back cricket in their country post the infamous terror attacks on touring Sri Lanka side in 2009. The matches are expected to be held in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Live Cricket Score, India A vs South Africa A, Unofficial Test, Day 1: SA...

Karun Nair and Aiden Markaram © AFP and Getty ImagesHello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the unofficial Test between India A and South Africa A. We, at CricketCountry, will be bringing to you live updates and interesting tweets throughout the Test series. After Manish Pandey took India A home with ODI series win, it is time for Karun Nair to bring his debut captaincy skills into the foray. He will look to leave behind his disappointing IPL season and begin this series with a hope to regain his spot in the India’s Test squad. India A comprises of young bowlers that includes IPL stars Aniket Choudhary and Mohammad Siraj. Shahbaz Nadeem and Jayant Yadav will also be seen in whites. Jayant will be seen in whites after hi stint for India during the England and Australia series. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant who kept the wickets in the ODI series will see a change too. Ishan Kishan will now keep the wickets for the 4-day match. Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne and likes will handle the task with the bat. It is also testing time for South Africa A’s captain Aiden Markram. The South Africa A is bolstered with Duanne Olivier and Andile Phehlukwayo. Stephen Cook will also handle the task with the bat as the opener. The one newcomer at this level is the Multiply Titans legspinner, Shaun von Berg. The match will take place at Benoni who is hosting the first of the two unofficial Tests. David Miller and Dane Piedt will be the mainstay batters in the middle. Squads: India A: Karun Nair (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), PK Panchal, Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Sudip Chatterjee, Hanuma Vihari, Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot. South Africa A: Aiden Markram (c), Stephen Cook, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Piedt, Omphile Ramela, Rudi Second, Jason Smith, Shaun von Berg and Khaya Zondo.

Muttiah Muralitharan: Injury to Angelo Mathews, dew factor cost us World Cup 2011

Muttiah Muralitharan © AFPSri Lanka‘s former spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, slammed Arjuna Ranatunga‘s claims of the team losing the World Cup 2011 to India on purpose. Ranatunga, World Cup-winning captain, had earlier demanded an inquiry on the Sri Lankan team for their ordinary performance on the night of the final at Wankhede Stadium. However, Muralitharan blamed ‘other factors’ for the defeat and revealed there was ‘no instruction’ to come second. Sri Lanka opted to bat and posted a challenging 274 for 6, riding on the back of century from Mahela Jayawardene. However, they were stunned by splendid performances from Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni. As a result, India lifted the World Cup after a gap of 28 years. “India was the first best team and ours was the second best team in the tournament. We had a good opportunity to win in the final, but two things happened. I had a groin injury in the semi final and Angelo Mathews, who was among runs was completely out (final) because he was injured. The batsmen were scoring runs but the middle order batsmen didn’t click in few matches and the selectors made 3-4 changes and it was far than a regular team”, Muralitharan was quoted as saying in chat-athon, a show by Santosh Menon. Murali added, “The senior players and the selectors were scared of chasing the target and thought of batting first. But in my mind was to bat second because I thought India could chase any target and this was intimated to the team-management. This I had told to them with my previous tour experience of dew factor. But Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara) said he has been promised by the match referee that they would spray the chemicals and no dew threat to the final. Within 15 overs dew came and they could do nothing. There was no match-fixing but Mathews’ injury, miscalculation (on dew factor) cost us the World Cup final. But we can’t take away credit from India”.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Pallekele, Day 1: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul...

Rahul equals world record © AFPIndia went into lunch at 134 for 0 on Day 1 of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, at Pallekele. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul scored fifties, setting up a solid foundation. This was Rahul’s 7th consecutive fifty, equalling the world record with Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara, and Chris Rogers. However, it was the same old story for the hosts. None of the bowlers could exploit the thin film of grass, conceding runs at a brisk rate. That said, credit goes to the Indian openers as well. They went all guns blazing, making sure they no let Sri Lankan bowlers settle. With Ravindra Jadeja out after the one-Test ban, India included Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. To make matters interesting, Sri Lanka too drafted left-arm wrist-spinner in Lakshan Sandakan, replacing the injured Rangana Herath. It is one of those rare Tests featuring two Chinaman bowlers. In other news, Virat Kohli continued playing a different XI ever since he was placed at the helm. He won the toss, and decided to pile on agony by putting runs on the board first. Openers Dhawan and Rahul made full use of the batting conditions, and further troubled the hapless Sri Lankan bowlers. Dhawan especially fired on all cylinders, playing at strike rate over 100. Rahul joined the act and notched up his second consecutive fifty of the series, and is looking good for a big knock. With Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane yet to bat, Sri Lanka will be further staring down the barrel if they do make amends in the second session. Brief scores: India 134 for 0 (Shikhar Dhawan 64, KL Rahul 67) vs Sri Lanka. Full scorecard

KL Rahul equals world record record of Sangakkara, Flower, Chanderpaul, Weekes and Rogers

KL Rahul © Getty ImagesKL Rahul continued his stupendous form and notched up his seventh consecutive Test fifty. With this fifty, Rahul levelled the record belonging to Kumar Sangakkara, Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Chris Rogers and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. If he scores another fifty, he will surpass the mentioned gentlemen. Rahul also went past Gundappa Vishwanath and Rahul Dravid, who had scored 6 consecutive fifties for India. Earlier, Rahul’s sixth fifty took him ahead of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Navjot Singh Sidhu who had just 5 consecutive fifties to their name. Rahul burst into the Test arena in December 2014 against Australia. Although he did not have great start to his career, it was in the final Test of the series he scored his maiden century. Since then Rahul has been a regular in the longest format and an integral part of the Test side. In 2015, Rahul scored his second century, in Sri Lanka. Along with him, partner Shikhar Dhawan has also slammed a fifty so far in the first innings of the final Test. India, who is playing 29th Test under Kohli, won the toss and elected to bat. The visitors, who took an unassailable 2-0 lead in Colombo, brought in left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in place of suspended all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Injury-hit Sri Lanka have made three changes to their starting lineup. Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara come in place of Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjaya de Silva.

Live Cricket Score, India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 1: IND on top

© AFPHello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of third Test between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekele. We, at CricketCountry, will be bringing to you live updates and interesting tweets throughout the dead rubber. India have already bagged the three-Test series after posting convincing victories in the first two matches, and are on the verge of a whitewash in Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli and co. will like to maintain momentum and throttle Sri Lanka further. Sri Lanka lost the series opener by a whopping margin of 304 runs. The script remained the same in the penultimate Test at Colombo. Opting to bat, India posted a massive 622 for 9 decl. courtesy, centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and fifties from KL Rahul, Ravinchandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja. Bowlers did their job after restricting Sri Lanka to 183 in the first innings. Following on, hosts fought hard on the back of resilient knocks by Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne. Nonetheless, the writing was always on the wall. The task was a stiff one, and Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 53 runs. With the series already on India’s side, they will like to experiment. Jadeja, Man of the Match from the previous test, has been banned due to breach of conduct by ICC. His position is most likely to be filled by Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have made it clear to fight till the end in order to prevent a whitewash. They have recalled Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Gamage for the final encounter. However, they have to pull up their socks in a bid to stop a rampant Indian side. Squads: India: Virat Kohli (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Abhinav Mukund, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne

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TNPL 2017: Lyca Kovai Kings beat VB Thiruvallur Veerans in high-scorer

Murali Vijay’s 69 set the stage for Kings’ chase © AFPBaba Aparajith’s 60-run knock went in vain as Lyca Kovai Kings chased down 197 put up by Murali Vijay‘s VB Thiruvallur Veerans to post a 7-wicket victory in Match No. 26 of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017. On Saturday, the Kings won the toss at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai and sent the Veerans to bat first. While the Veerans’ batsmen, led by captain Aparajith put up a brilliant show, the bowlers failed to defend the huge score. Despite the victory, the Kings are at No. 5 position in the TNPL 2017, one place behind the Veerans. Veerans now have three victories from the seven matches that they have played while it was only the second victory for the Kings. Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017: Points table and team standings Though the Veerans openers NS Chaturved (24) and S Siddharth (18) failed to pull off anything extraordinary, the team was off to a decent start which Aparajith converted into a gigantic total. He first paired up with Hari Nishanth (27) to build the first big partnership of the innings, then getting to his half-century. Major support, though, came from Abhishek Tanwar who remained unbeaten at 55 as the Veerans put up 196 for 6 at the end of their 20 overs. Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Ajith Ram and MMK Shivakumar were the pick of the bowlers as all bagged 2 wickets each bowling for the Kings but their spells remained expensive, courtesy the ruthless hitting of Aparajith and Tanwar. Coincidentally, both the batsmen hit 3 fours and 5 sixes each in their respective knocks. The chase was thrilling. The match went down till the final delivery of the match. Despite losing his opening partner Laxmesha Suryaprakash (5) in the third over of the chase, Kings’ skipper Murali Vijay did not lose his nerves and paired up with Anirudh Sita Ram to keep the team in the hunt. Vijay got out for 69 off 44, hitting 5 fours and 4 sixes. Ram was joined at the crease by Akshay Srinivasan and both took things further until Tanwar removed Srinivasan (38) in the final over. Ram remained unbeaten at 69 as he ran a couple of runs to take his side to victory. Lakshmi Narayan, Sanjay Yadav and Tanwar were the successful bowlers with wickets apiece. Ram was adjudged the Player of the Match. Brief scores: VB Thiruvallur Veerans 196 for 6 (Baba Aparajith 60, Hari Nishanth 27, Abhishek Tanwar 55*; Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 2 for 29, Ajith Ram 2 for 33) lost to Lyca Kovai Kings 197 for 3 (Murali Vijay 69, Anirudh Sita Ram 69*, Akshay Srinivasan 38; Sanjay Yadav 1 for 23, Abhishek Tanwar 1 for 44) by 7 wickets.

India Women felicitated by MCA for good show in World Cup

India Women finished World Cup 2017 campaign as runners up © Getty ImagesMumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) this evening felicitated members of the India Women’s Cricket team, which ended as runners up in the Cricket World Cup in England last month. MCA President and BJP MLA Ashish Shelar honoured team members – skipper Mithali Raj, Poonam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Harmanpreet Kaur at a gala ceremony here in presence of former India skipper Ajit Wadekar, player Madhav Apte and CoA member Diana Edulji. All the players were given a memento and membership of the MCA’s facility at suburban Bandra Kurla Complex, while Mona, Poonam and Smriti were given Rs five lakh reward each as earlier announced by MCA. READ: BCCI set to award men, women national selectors Members of the team’s support staff Manager Trupti Bhattacharya and Rashmi Pawar were also feted. In a nail-biting final, the Indian women’s team lost to England at the iconic Lords. Skipper Mithali remembered her difficult journey and said she started enjoying facilities which they received after coming under BCCI. “The cricketers who are sitting back can watch women cricketers as role models. For us we have only seen men’s cricketers. We have seen Sachin (Tendulkar), Kapil Dev play and those are the videos we watched. But this is a revolution and they (the budding women cricketers) can see Harmanpreet, Poonam, Smriti play,” she added. Harmanpreet, who played a splendid knock in the semis against Australia to guide India in the finals, remembered that while they were going to the tournament only two media persons had come. “While we were going only two media people had come, but when we returned the entire country knew it and that was an achievement,” she said, adding, it was an message from Diana (Edulji) which pushed her to do well after not a good performance in the opening games. Poonam Raut, who resides in suburban Borivili had played a valiant 86 run knock in the final. Raut said the reception which they received on arrival was like a dream. “We narrowly missed winning the cup, but the love people have showered on us has inspired us. Our goal is to win the next World Cup and we will surely win it,” said Raut, an opener. Mandhana recalled that as the side had gone 15 days in advance before the tournament started they were able to acquaint themselves with the conditions. She expressed gratitude to the physios and trainers at the NCA who helped her recover from the injury. Mona Meshram and Shelar too shared their thoughts. Among others, former India player Praveen Amre, MCA Vice President Vinod Deshpande were present on the occasion

Gautam Gambhhir joins campaign to spread awareness about organ donation

Gautam Gambhir joined the campaign to spread awareness ion organ donation © IANSNew Delhi: Cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Saturday joined a campaign to encourage people to pledge to donate organs, at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. “I am extremely humbled to be a part of this drive. Organ donation is an egalitarian and a moral act,” said Gambhir, who is also an ambassador for “Gift a Life.” Gift A Life is an initiative launched in 2011 to create awareness about organ donation to save countless lives and is supported by the Apollo Transplant Institutes. “Thousands die every year for want of organs and I feel that this initiative will bridge the gap by spreading awareness in the society,” said Gambhir, who has already pledged to donate all his organs. Every year nearly five lakh people die in India due to non-availability of organs. Nearly 1.5 lakh people are in dire need of kidney transplants but only 3,000 of them receive one. READ: Gautam Gambhir heaps praises on Cheteshwar Pujara; calls him more consistent than Virat Kohli in Test cricket “One of the major reasons is lack of awareness about organ donation in India at large where majority of the population is still shackled with myths and religious beliefs, hence there is an urgent need to address this issue and create sound awareness,” said Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Apollo Hospitals Group. Vital organs such as the heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and lungs can be transplanted to those whose organs are failing. A single donor can save eight lives by donating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small bowel. World Organ Donation Day is observed every year on August 13.