Former New Zealand skipper, who was also served a immensely successfully stint for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been snapped up by the Pune side, who recently snapped up MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin. After CSK was disbanded, Rajkot and Pune, the two new franchises shared the star players, who were the backbone of seven years of immense success. The Chennai side won two trophies, a Champions League T20 and went on to reach the finals on four other occasions.
Sanjiv Goenka, who is the owner of the Goenka Group that owns Pune mentioned in a press release, “I warmly welcome Stephen Fleming. He has been remarkably successful as a player in the international arena and I firmly believe that his technical knowhow, perseverance and organisation skills will work wonders for our team. I have tremendous faith in his leadership ability and believe that it would have a positive impact on our team members,”
Fleming joined the Chennai camp as one of their star foreign captures in the first season. He is an all-time New Zealand great, laying the building blocks of a power-packed New Zealand side as skipper, which went on to win the Champions Trophy in 2000. The classy left-hander also guided the team to the semi-finals of the 1999 World Cup. Fleming’s calming influence, tactical nous and his association with skipper Dhoni has been well appreciated by critics and former cricketers alike. The Kiwi is hailed as one of the shrewdest skippers to have played the game.