Col. Hemu Adhikari was a popular cricketer, much-respected as both player and administrator for his discipline and straightforwardness. After he passed away, some former cricketers spoke to Wisden Cricinfo about their memories of the man:
Bapu Nadkarni, former India left-arm spinner
Adhikari was a disciplined man. Being a military man, he would not bother about what anybody else thought. He was a very good captain, as the record proves, and a useful allrounder. Few could surpass his knowledge of the game, especially with regard to wickets and how they would play. He was a useful bat, although not much appreciated for his batting skills; he often came at No. 7 or 8. His hundred at New Delhi was a testimony to his batting prowess.
India's best tour with him as manager was that famous victory in 1971 in England. I would say that much of the credit goes to him for the way he handled the side. I was in England at the time, playing in the Lancashire Leagues, and I saw every match. It was because of his efforts that we won.
As a person, Adhikari was always a gentleman, very humble and straightforward. Sometimes that is a handicap for a man.
Chetan Chauhan, former India opener
I had the honour of playing for India when Adhikari was manager. Adhikari was a strict disciplinarian, perhaps because of his army background. That may not have gone down too well with some people in the team, but as far as I was concerned, he was a good man. He was always very helpful, and good at his job. Even after his retirement from cricket, he contributed substantially to the game. I'm very sad that he has passed away, and I think the game should be indebted to him.