January 20, 1992
Start as you don't mean to go
Makes his first-class debut
in Hamilton, playing for Canterbury against Northern Districts, at the age of 18. Is promptly removed by Richard de Groen for nought.
March 19, 1994
Hamilton is nicer this time
Gives a glimpse of his talent on Test debut,
against India, scoring 92 in the second innings and earning the Man-of-the-Match award. Follows this just days later with 90 on his one-day international debut
Grass is greener
Is caught by team management and admits to smoking marijuana on tour in South Africa, for which he is later fined $175.
January 24-25, 1997
What took you so long?
Scores his first century, in his 23rd Test
and in his fourth season as an international, when he makes 129 against England in Auckland.
February 14, 1997
Never too early to start
At 23 years and 319 days, becomes the youngest Test captain in New Zealand's history when he leads the side against England. He is initially standing in
for Lee Germon, who cannot play due to a groin injury, but the position soon becomes permanent.
Injury catches up
October 15, 2000
Say hello to big-time wins
World Cup blues
March 31, 2004
His nation's best
Is named New Zealand's Cricketer of the Year after a season that includes his highest Test score - 274 not out against Sri Lanka - as well as a hefty 192 against Pakistan.
July 10, 2004
Better things await
Leads his side to victory in the tri-series with West Indies and England. New Zealand cruise to a 107-run win in the final
against West Indies, and Fleming is named Player of the Series for his 254 runs at 50.80.
October 26-27, 2004
September 17, 2005
Captains Nottinghamshire to their first County Championship title since 1987 with a comprehensive win over Kent
in Canterbury (incidentally his home side in New Zealand is called Canterbury too). His form throughout the tournament is outstanding as he scores four centuries and finishes with 908 runs at 60.53.
Kills the cancer
April 15, 2006
Centurion at Centurion
October 25, 2006
Breaks Arjuna Ranatunga's record of 193 one-day internationals as captain, and becomes the world's most experienced ODI leader. Celebrates by making 80 in a convincing win
over Pakistan in Mohali.
April 24, 2007
Out of World Cup, out of captaincy
Quits as New Zealand's limited-overs captain after they are eliminated from the World Cup at the semi-final
stage. Scores 1 in what proves to be his last ODI. Finishes his reign with a record 218 matches as leader and a winning percentage of 48.04.
What after New Zealand?
Is approached by the Indian Cricket League to captain a side in its new competition. Does not publicly announce his intentions, leading to speculation he is considering retirement from the New Zealand team.
September 13, 2007
New Zealand move on, so does Fleming
A day after Daniel Vettori is named the new Test captain, says he had seriously considered the ICL option ($500,000 for a three-month tournament), but chooses to stay on with the New Zealand team. "Effectively I had lost my job so there was a lot of emotion flying around." Three days later, joins the player pool for the IPL.
February 14, 2008
Announces he will retire from international cricket at the end of the home series against England. Plans to mix and match playing the IPL and starting his own marketing, media and sports management business.
March 22-26, 2008
In his last Test
in Napier, scores 59 and 66 beautiful runs, and then gives it away with lazy shots. Ends up with 12 more runs than what would have given him a career average of 40, a fair assessment of what many believe is a wasted talent.