Cricket betting has become increasingly popular, boosted by online betting and the profusion of International Cricket fixtures. Modern day cricket now has several different formats including Twenty20, One Day Internationals (ODI) and Test Matches.
Twenty20 is a huge attraction in India with the Indian Premier League, an all-action tournament in front of huge crowds. Each format of cricket demands background research with the International teams now selecting an almost entirely different group of players.
One day cricket was introduced in 1963 with the first ODI taking place in 1971. Twenty20 is the most recent variation, the first tournament taking place in 2003 with the first International in 2005.
Test matches are played over five days and remain the ultimate form of cricket for the purists. Efforts have been made to speed up play, for example by introducing the minimum 90 overs per day rule. There are fifteen sessions in total and the weather has an enormous impact on the game.
Cricket fans will be well aware of the interest in the pitch and playing conditions before the Test gets underway. The fast bowlers look to exploit the new pitch, swing bowlers excel when there is cloud cover and spinners are in their element once the pitch begins to deteriorate. Such things are of little concern in the one-day game.
Most Test Match series is over three games but major series such as The Ashes are over five games. There are odds available on the series win and series score. Punters betting on the series score will have to take the weather into account, particularly for series held in England.
ODI and Twenty20 cricket has a massive following in Asia and the Middle East in particular. Television coverage is at an all-time high and both limited over formats attract a large volume of betting.
ODI’s are over 50 overs with fielding restrictions, designed to ensure that the fielding side does not gain an unfair advantage. There are Tri-series, the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Cricket World Cup. The latter is a hugely popular betting event.
Twenty20 cricket is expanding rapidly and is even more popular with television broadcasters. Cricketers require a completely different skill set in ODI and Twenty20 cricket. For example, a bowler who can keep the runs down without taking wickets would be unlikely to appeal to Test Match selectors. However, such an economical bowler may well be a key player in the one-day format. Equally a batsman who is naturally aggressive can open the batting in a Twenty20 whereas he would only rate a middle-order batsman at Test Match level.
Away from International Cricket, the first class domestic leagues can also attract punters. England’s County Championship is a four-day competition while Australia’s Sheffield Shield is also popular. The Indian Premier League began in 2008 and now attracts some of the best cricketers in the world and enjoys worldwide TV coverage.
Both of the match and series markets also have odds for the top run scorer and leading wicket-taker. Odds are on offer for each team or both sides and over each innings or the entire match. In one-day matches, it is worth concentrating on the higher order batsman as they are likely to get more opportunities than those lower down the order.
Bookmakers also price up the highest opening partnership and the man of the match. Punters investing in the man of the match market should focus on players capable of a “match-winning performance”. This is often an all-rounder who can be influential with both bat and ball.
As well as the outright winner market, there are numerous other Cricket Betting Markets. These include Individual Player Bets where you can predict who will score most runs, take most wickets or be declared Man of the Match.
There are also markets for each session of a match. This invites you to predict how many runs will be scored or wickets were taken during a morning, afternoon or evening session. For the more adventurous, there are markets on the Highest Opening Partnership or even the number of different types of wicket taken in an innings. You can also bet on whether any batsman will score a century in the match or how and when the first wicket will fall.
Other available Cricket betting markets include To Win the Toss, the outcome of the First Ball of the match, total runs from opening over and First Innings lead. You can also take a negative view, taking particular out-of-form batsmen “Not to score fifty”. Even more specialised betting markets include Number of Boundaries where a good knowledge of the teams is invaluable.
The statistics on our page help you make informed betting decisions on any of these betting markets.
Check out our betting tips and get input on what cricket betting you are going to do. Read our reviews cricket betting sites to get an overview of a betting site that can fit you. Good luck on your online cricket betting! We wish you the best and hope you score on your bet as if you hit a sixer with your bat! LOL!