The Great Pradeep Mathews  
  Influence on the game
  • Best ever test bowling 10-51 vs NZ at Asgiriya. (Record disallowed due to security situation and pitch condition)
  • Best ever One day bowling 8 – 17 vs Gibraltar in 1987. (Not recognized by ICC)  
  • 14 deliveries – Chinaman, Googly, Orthodox, Boru Ball, Undercutter, Floater, Leaper, Speed Ball, Carrom Ball, Skidder, Darter,    Top-spinner, Arm Ball, Double Bounce Ball.
  • Leading P. Sara Trophy wicket-taker 1986-7, 1989-90, (For Bloomfield) 1993-94, 1994-95 (For NCC)  
  • 7 wickets in 7 balls vs Saracens. (Accused of ball tampering)
  • Broke Desmond Greenidge’s teeth in Sharjah.  
  • Clean bowled the following batsmen. Border. Chappell. Crowe. Gatting. Gavaskar. Gower. Hadlee. Imran. Kapil. Lloyd. Miandad.
  Influence on the game
  • Wrote to ICC in 1988 suggesting Third Umpire, Fitness Experts, Fielding Restrictions, Foreign coaches, SL to joint host World Cup and expanding SL’s selection policy to include remote outstations. All his suggestions have been implemented.
  • Shared room with Lankan spinner in 93. Advised him not to change his action.
  • Told Great Lankan Opening Batsman to adopt square stance and hit over the top in the 1st 15. 
  • Counselled a tearful Captain on how to sledge back the Aussies.
  • Taught the skidder to a blonde leg spinner in Melbourne in 89.
  • Coached a 10-year old called Ajantha at the Soysapura flats in the mid 90s.