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Hemu Adhikari
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Hemu Adhikari

India
Hemu Adhikari

INTL CAREER: 1947 - 1959

Full Name

Hemchandra Ramachandra Adhikari

Born

July 31, 1919, Poona (now Pune), Maharashtra

Died

October 25, 2003, Mumbai, (aged 84y 86d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

TEAMS

The Wisden Cricketer
Hemchandra 'Hemu' Adhikari was, in some ways, the nearly man of Indian cricket. He was nearly a leading batsman, he was nearly the best No. 7 batsman India produced (he also batted at No. 3), he scored nearly 10,000 first-class runs, claimed nearly 50 wickets and took nearly 100 catches and was captain of the national side only once. Had Adhikari's connection with cricket ended in 1959, when he was overlooked for the tour of England, that might have served as his epitaph. It was in his second career - as the national coach - that Adhikari rose to his full potential. He was the team manager and the brain behind India's first series win in England in 1971. He shaped the career of cricketers in a two-decade period that saw the rise of, among others, Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev and Syed Kirmani. A brilliant cover point in his time, Adhikari was a hard taskmaster who placed physical fitness above all - a concept that was new to Indian cricket which traditionally had been served by talented players who could bat or bowl like a dream, but often escorted the ball to the boundary while fielding. The Second World War delayed Adhikari's Test debut until he was nearly 29 and his official army duties restricted his appearances to 21 of 47 Tests played in his time. A fine player of spin bowling, he made up for a weakness against genuine pace with a large heart that made him the man for a crisis. He was in Indian teams that played inaugural Tests against Australia, West Indies and Pakistan, and his best performances came against these three teams. At Adelaide he made 51 and helped Vijay Hazare add 132 for the seventh wicket while six batsmen failed to score. His only Test century came against West Indies at Delhi in 1948-49 while his 109-run stand with Ghulam Ahmed for the last wicket against Pakistan four years later remains an Indian record. In the notorious home series against West Indies in 1958-59, when India had already used three captains in the first four Tests, Adhikari led in the fifth. He made 63 and 40 and claimed the wickets of Conrad Hunte, Basil Butcher and Denis Atkinson with his gentle leg-breaks. That was his final Test. At 40, he felt he was not up to touring England - where he had acted as vice-captain on India's 1952 tour - again. He was not invited to and DK Gaekwad led the team that lost all five Tests. 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. Suresh Menon

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test21368872114*31.1414180
FC152236288683230*41.741745970
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveSR4w5w10w
Test2131708233/683/6827.3356.60000
FC15240001859493/237.9381.6000
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Hemu Adhikari
Hemu Adhikari
Hemu Adhikari plays the pull shot
Hemu Adhikari with his wife Kamal at the sidelines of a tour game in England