Like the millions of fans out there, former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming is also excited to see Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s upcoming biopic ‘M.S.Dhoni-The Untold Story’. The retired cricketer has spent a lot of time with the Indian skipper during his stint with Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants. A self-confessed Hindi movie lover, Fleming said that he loves to watch Sidharth Malhotra’s movies.
Fleming is currently in Chennai representing Education New Zealand and spoke with Deccan Chronicle on various topics ranging from his future plans, Tamil Nadu Premier League and more.
On life after cricket:
“I want to stay active in life. I became a coach pretty soon after my retirement from the New Zealand team. Luckily, I could develop my coaching style within a short period.”
On Tamil Nadu Premier League:
“People here in TN are very much into cricket. The regional competitions will bring a lot of young players in the spotlight — and that’s good for the IPL too. I’ve watched a couple of games. Obviously, a few of my friends are involved in it. I’ve been getting a lot of information from Matthew Hayden, who is doing commentary for the game!”
On whether he misses Chennai Super Kings and the new challenge with Rising Pune Supergiants:
“Well, I coached CSK for six years. We created a good model and were successful. I learnt many things during my tenure with them I certainly miss that and right now, I enjoy the challenge of starting again as a coach with a new group of players, at Rising Pune Supergiants.”
On his favourite place in the city:
“Whenever my family comes down, we all go to Fisherman’s Cove in ECR. It’s pretty cool there near the shore.”
On ‘M.S.Dhoni-The Untold Story’:
“I can’t wait to watch Dhoni’s biopic. Though I’ve been closely associated with Dhoni, it will be interesting to watch his story on the big screen.”
On his current visit to India:
“I’ve come to India to promote New Zealand education. It offers a high-quality education that leads to globally recognised qualifications. The country’s beautiful landscapes and unique culture make for a memorable student experience.”
On Virat Kohli:
“I’m quite happy with Virat’s playing style. We can never compare Dhoni and Virat, even as players and captains. Dhoni can hide his emotions — whereas, Virat is lot more emotional in the field. He takes the time to calm down his temperament. Both the players thoroughly enjoy the sport. Virat is a star in the making and his future would be pretty good.”