To my mind, Fleming is probably the second best New Zealand test player ever. I know those of a certain age get all dewy eyed when they talk about Martin Donnelly, and that John Reid basically carried a woeful Kiwi side for about a decade, and for a couple years in the early seventies Glenn Turner was probably the best opener in the world, and Martin Crowe is one of the great 'what might have beens had injury not taken its toll' stories.... but in all honesty they've only had one true world -class player in their history (Hadlee) and I don't think Fleming comes up to that standard.
However, he can certainly take his place as one of the best-ever captains. Leaving results aside, which are very much dependant on the players available to you at the time, the one true measurement of captaincy is how you manage to get the most out of the players you lead. Ultimately this is what captaincy is all about, and Fleming is up there with Benaud, Cheetham, Worrell, Illingworth, Ranatunga and Alan Border at the very top of the captaincy tree.
New Zealand are going to miss him... badly.