Stephen Fleming Biography
Stephen Paul Fleming is a former cricketer from New Zealand, who also captained the team in all the three formats of cricket. He is the most successful Test Captain that New Zealand has ever had.
The agile cricketer was born on 1 April 1973 in Christchurch, and played a role of a higher order batsman for the team.
Fleming’s played his first Test Match in the year 1994 in Hamilton against India in front of his home crowd at the New Zealand national cricket team and the he ended up clinching the Man of the Match award in the same year. The Kiwi batsman scored 92 runs with his weapon. The cricketer kept his momentum alive and continued to remain on the zenith throughout his career. The Kiwi batsman welcomed his premiere Test Century in 1997 in Auckland where he scored 128 runs against the English cricketers. In his third Test Match participation, Fleming dethroned Lee Germon and became the first ever youngest captain for the New Zealand National Cricket team at the age of 23 years.
Rise to glory
Stephen Fleming came into the limelight since the very beginning of his career. He flourished in his opening match itself. He is known for his elegance in his shots and is recognised for his flick off the pads, straight drive, cover drive and cut shots. Also, he bowls Right-arm off the break. He is a productive slip catcher and fields intelligently in close-in positions. His best ODI innings was the 2003 Cricket World Cup where he was unbeaten at 134 runs, which aided New Zealand beat hosts South Africa.
Fleming played for the triumphant cricket club, the Chennai Super Kings in the 2008 Indian Premier League and he was being for US$350,000. Fleming has played first-class county cricket clubs in England, the Middlesex, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Also, he led the Nottinghamshire club in 2005 and they received their first triumph in 18 years.
Under his captaincy, New Zealand won his only ICC Trophy. He is primarily applauded for his captaincy. After the victory of New Zealand in the year 2000 over Zimbabwe, he was termed as the most successful captain. The Kiwi cricket star has been commended by the “best captain in world cricket” for his magnificent cricketing and captaincy executions.
In April 2006, a Test between New Zealand and South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town, Fleming secured his third double-century and became the first Kiwi to achieve the glory. In 2007 Cricket World Cup he scored 353 runs at an average of 39.22 and he was New Zealand's second highest run scorer in the tournament. In the fielding area, Fleming has taken over 170 catches which gives him the 3rd highest Test aggregate for a non-wicketkeeper. He holds the record for the highest batting strike rate in test innings.
He had an affluent career from 1994-2008 and post his retirement is has served as a coach for the IPL cricket teams. He was the coach for the Chennai Super Kings for six long years. Fleming is one of 160 investors and a director in CricHQ.