|Batting style||Right-hand bat (RHB)|
|Bowling style||Right arm off-break, Right-arm medium pace|
Hardikar represented India in two Tests against West Indies in 1958/9. He was dismissed by Roy Gilchrist off the very first ball that he faced in Test cricket. He then took a wicket with his third ball in Test cricket by dismissing Rohan Kanhai. In the second innings, he scored 32* and added 85* with G.S. Ramchand which saved India from a possible defeat. In the next Test, Hardikar was nearly killed when a beamer grazed his head and went for four. He played no more international matches but was involuntarily involved in the controversy that led to the resignation of Polly Umrigar later in the series.
He played for Bombay from 1955/56 to 1967/68. In the Ranji final in his first year, he took a career best 8 for 39 against Bengal. He captained Bombay in twelve matches, winning five and drawing the rest. Bombay won the title in 1965/66 and 1967/68 under his captaincy.
Hardikar died of cancer in 1995.