Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
Shehan Karunatilaka was written in Galle, revised in Colombo and edited in New Zealand. He won the Gratiaen prize, TNL Onstage, and a radio shaped like a cricket ball in a raffel when he was ten.
Begin with a question. An obvious one. So obvious that it has already crossed your mind. Why have I not heard of this so-called Pradeep Mathew?
This subject has been researched lengthwise and breadthwise. I have analysed every match our man has played in. Answers, i believe I have. Why, you ask, has no one heard of our nation's greatest cricketer?
Here, in no particular order. Wrong place, wrong time, money and laziness. Politics, racism, powercuts and plain bad luck. If you are unwilling to follow me on the next God-knows-how many pages, re-read the last two sentences. They are as good a summary as I can give from this side of the bottle.