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Fleming leads his way to history book

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Mohali, Oct 25 (UNI) Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming today ensured his slice of cricket history, adding a number of feathers to an already well-decorated cap during the ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan, here today.

In a new world record, today's match turned out to be the southpaw's 194th ODI as skipper.

Fleming also achieved another landmark by becoming the most successful captain-batsman in the history of the game as he crossed Arjuna Ranatunga's record of 5,606 runs.

Before this match, Fleming had scored 5531 but ended his innings with 80 to take his one day total to 5611.

Playing in his 256th one dayer, Fleming justified his captaincy record with a remarkable innings, which came at a time when his team needed it most.

And it could not have come at a better occasion as today's match also marked New Zealand's 500 ODI.

So far, Fleming, initially seen as an under-performer, has played 102 Test matches and scored 6545 runs with nine tons under his belt.

Before today's match, Fleming, in shorter version of the game, had played 255 ODIs, scored 7273 runs, including six centuries.

Fleming made both his Test and ODI debut against India in 1994 and played his 10th Test, interestingly at Centurion against South Africa in May this year.

A southpaw, who does not have the elegance of a Brian Lara, Fleming assumed captaincy during the home series against England in 1997 and went on to be known as an astute skipper.

He also captained Nottinghamshire last year to the club's first County Championship victory in 18 years.

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