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Famous cricket players of New Zealand: Stephen Fleming

famous batsman of New Zealand cricket team Stephen Fleming

Though, often regarded as an under-performing batsman, Stephen Fleming of New Zealand cricket team is most definitely the best captain who has ever led the New Zealand cricket team. He debuted against the Indians in 1994 and played his last ODI against the Sri Lankans in 2007. During this 13 year career, the left hander played a total of 280 ODIs and scored 8037 runs at a respectable average of 32.40.

Born in Christchurch in 1973, Stephen Fleming is to date the longest serving captain in the ODIs for New Zealand cricket team and scored a total of 8 centuries and 49 fifties. He was always a subject of scrutiny for his poor conversion rate but every now and then played an inning which would lead his team out of trouble and help them secure a memorable win.  One such inning comes to the mind when he scored a blistering 134 of just 132 deliveries against the South Africans in the 2003 ICC Cricket world cup which helped his side not only progressed forward but against the expectations of every one, crashed the mighty South Africa out of the tournament.

During the 3 world cups that he represented the Kiwis, he had a decent record but never played to his full potential apart from a few occasions. He resigned from the ODI captaincy following the defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankans in the 2007 Cricket World Cup and subsequently from all forms of international cricket in 2008.

Stephen Fleming now spends majority of his time with his family with infrequent commentary on tours to New Zealand. He would without a shout of a doubt be regarded as a good ODI player and a leader who led a relatively weak side and achieved out of them what very few people could. Till date, Stephen Fleming is considered as one of the best captains from New Zealand. He was an inspiring captain for the kiwi cricket team

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