Ben gets lucky after flying high with Viv

An alphabetical alignment has led to Ben Rohrer landing a late berth at the inaugural Caribbean Premier League with Viv Richards’ Antigua Hawksbill.

The NSW batsman and Sydney osteopath spent April and May playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, where the legendary West Indian was the team’s ambassador. The fact the pair’s surnames both begin with R led to them being seated next to each other on flights between cities around the subcontinent and Rohrer, 32, clearly made an impression.

”He spent four or five weeks with us, and it was brilliant to pick his brain,” Rohrer said. ”He is one of those guys that everyone loved watching play and wanted to be like growing up. He just had that air of confidence about him, and the way that he played was ahead of his time. He would have been great at the Twenty20 style now.

”I was lucky enough – being that our surnames are similar – that we sat next to each other on the plane between games. Just being able to talk to him about the old days was fantastic. He’s a great guy and really down to earth.”

Rohrer was snapped up as a late replacement for Steve Smith – who is busy at the Ashes – and joins a team coached by Richards that also includes Ricky Ponting. He hopes to continue his success in the Twenty20 format although not at the expense of his first-class career.

”It’s gone full circle for me. I was pigeon-holed as a nicker and nudger, and now I’ve gone the other way and I’m a T20 specialist in the middle order,” Rohrer said. ”Hopefully I can change that around again this year and get myself back in the four-day side on a regular basis.

”But T20 has just opened so many doors – it’s great for domestic players who aren’t quite at the international level to be able to earn some good money around the world.”

The CPL starts on July 30 in Jamaica.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.