Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming celebrates his 43rd birthday today (April 1). He has been one of the successful skippers for New Zealand. He was known for his sharp and aggressive captaincy and intelligent field placing. However, his conversion rate from 50 to 100 was quite low and was known to be an underperformer with the bat. However, he crossed an average of above 40 in Test cricket. Cricwizz takes a look at few fun facts on the birthday boy.
Fleming made his Test debut against India at Hamilton in 1994. He won man of the match award in his debut Test. He scored 16 and 92 in his debut Test.
Fleming was raised by a single mom Pauline Fleming. Stephen did not met his father Gary Kirk until he was 16. Fleming and his father Gary played senior rugby and captained Cashmere High’s first XV.
Fleming played IPL 2008 as a player for Chennai Super Kings. He scored 196 runs in 10 matches for CSK in 2008. In the next edition, he became the coach of CSK. In his tenure, CSK won the two IPL titles in 2010 and 2011. He also coached Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016 IPL.
Fleming has just one wicket in international cricket with his right-arm off-break bowling. He took 1/8 in an ODI against Netherlands. His only victim is Marcel Schewe of Netherlands.
Fleming is the first New Zealand cricketer to score 7000 and more Test runs. He achieved the feat in his final series against England in 2008. He scored 59 and 66 in his last two Test innings to lift his career average to 40.06.
Fleming has a poor 50 to 100 conversion rate. He has 17 tons and 95 fifties in international cricket across formats.
Fleming had a benign tumour removed from his face during Australia’s ODI tour of New Zealand in 2005.
Fleming is the most successful Test skipper for New Zealand. He captained New Zealand in 80 Tests, winning 28, losing 27 and 25 draws. He led New Zealand to Test series win over India, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. He is also the highest run-getter for New Zealand in Tests, totalling 7172 runs in 111 Tests.
Fleming played for his team. He struck his highest Test score of 274* against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2003. He declared the innings at 515/7 with just few overs left in second day’s play to have a go at Sri Lanka rather than aiming for a triple ton. The match ended in a draw.
Fleming’s best ODI innings was 134* against South Africa in 2003 World Cup that helped New Zealand win the match against an opponent that they have always struggled against.