Fleming bowls school kids with the bat

Published: Thursday, November 13, 2003, 2:50 [IST]
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Hyderabad: New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming has stamped his mark at the nets but played different strokes when he gave tips to the school children here on Wednesday. With the young enthusiasts of the game playing at three nets of the sprawling Hyderabad Public School, the Kiwi captain shared his expertise with the game in the full glare of the hundreds of children watching the ESPN-Star Sports Cricket Clinic'.

Starting with the basics right from taking guard, gripping the bat, viewing the bowlers hand to the judgement of backfoot and front foot, he gave a commentary throughout the 30-minute session and the thrilled students mobbed him for autographs after the event, as he obliged them with a smile. "Relax while you take the stance and keep the body in total balance, don't squeeze but keep your grip firm that's how Sachin Tendulkar gets the runs by packing the ball into gaps", he said at the clinic.

"Hey what's the score of Australia?", he asked the kids in between while Gilchrist and Ponting were battering the Indian bowlers at a far-flung Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore and the sunlight slowly started fading away. The session concluded with a few questions and the final one being on his compatriot and Indian coach John Wright's highest score against India.

The kids got it right after quite an effort (195). Dressed in casuals, Fleming however, refused to take any questions from the media. New Zealand will be playing India in the last league match on November 15 at Lal Bahadur Stadium here.

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