Hemu Adhikari

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Hemu Adhikari
Personal information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm leg spin
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 21 152
Runs scored 872 8683
Batting average 31.14 41.74
100s/50s 1/4 17/45
Top score 114* 230*
Balls bowled 170 4000
Wickets 3 49
Bowling average 27.33 37.93
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 3/68 3/2
Catches/stumpings 8c 97c
Source: [1]

Colonel Hemchandra (Hemu) Ramachandra Adhikari About this sound pronunciation  (31 July 1919, in Pune, Maharashtra – 25 October 2003, in Mumbai, Maharashtra) was an Indian cricketer, representing his country as both a player and coach in a career that spanned three decades.

A talented right-handed batsman and occasional leg spin bowler, he made his first-class debut as a teenager before the outbreak of World War II in the 1936/37 domestic season. He immediately demonstrated his abilities on the local stage but due to the war, and his role in the Indian armed forces, his career was interrupted.

Adhikari made his Test debut as a 28 year old in 1947 on India's tour of Australia and immediately established himself as an important member of the squad, although his continued official role in the army restricted his availability for the team.

Very good at playing spin bowling and courageous against fast bowling, Adhikari had some fine moments playing for India, including a national record 109-run last wicket partnership with Ghulam Ahmed in a Test against regional rivals Pakistan. He captained India in one Test as he neared his fortieth birthday, scoring 63 and 40 while batting and taking three important wickets in a drawn game against the West Indies.

Adhikari took to coaching after retiring from first-class cricket - with a very good batting average of 41.74 - and was in charge of the Indian team as they established themselves on the world stage. He helped guide India to their first series win in England in 1971 and was a major reason behind the development of such outstanding cricketers as Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Ravi Shastri. Some felt his history with military helped him as a coach, with former national team spin bowler Bapu Nadkarni saying "Adhikari was a disciplined man. Being a military man, he would not bother about what anybody else thought."

After his death in October 2003, at age 84, tributes flooded in for the popular Indian, with Indian cricket writer Suresh Menon saying "Adhikari was not a big man yet he was a presence. He will be remembered for his role in Indian cricket's self-confidence movement that began with that series win in 1971."

Teams[edit]

International[edit]

  • India (as player and coach)

Indian first-class[edit]

Career bests[edit]

Tests[edit]

Test Debut: vs Australia, Brisbane, 1947/48
Last Test: vs West Indies, Delhi, 1958/59

  • Adhikari's best Test batting score of 114 not out was made against West Indies, Delhi, 1948/49
  • His best Test bowling figures of 3 for 68 came against West Indies, Delhi, 1958/59
  • His Test captaincy record was: 1 match, 1 draw

First-class[edit]

  • Adhikari's best first-class batting score was 230 not out
  • His best first-class bowling figures were 3 for 2
Preceded by
Vinoo Mankad
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1958/59 (1 Test Match)
Succeeded by
Datta Gaekwad

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