You may not know this, but – one of the many emerging sports in sports betting is cricket. It has always been popular on the subcontinent, Asia, but in the past decade, global interests have spiked dramatically. This is due largely to the various new formats of the game, such as 20/20 and ODI’s. This caters to a wider audience than the traditional fans of Test Match cricket.
It is now much easier for those wishing to bet on their favorite sport, thanks to the rapid development of online sportsbooks. The traditional five-day Test Match is still the most popular of the cricket betting categories, despite the introduction of more and more one-day matches. The vast amount of tournaments played all over the world now provide fans with year-round entertainment!
For followers of Test Cricket, there is a huge range of betting options. Outright betting is available for both every test match as well as the Test series. Through a match, and a series, the odds can vary quite dramatically. You are also able to bet on the top scorer or top wicket-taker for either side. Compare the odds with various bookmakers and give yourself the advantage by having two or more players, any one of which would guarantee a profit.
Specialty Cricket Betting
There are numerous different specialty cricket bets including the highest opening partnership and first-innings leads.
One Day International cricket (Also known as ODI’s) have greatly contributed to the recent growth in cricket over the last few years. Partly due to a limited-overs series now being part of every tour. Twenty20 cricket has also proved incredibly popular with fans and is a particularly exciting option for cricket betting.
Twenty20 cricket is limited to just 20 overs per side. This means all the action is compressed into an evening’s worth of entertainment. Although it was not initially welcomed by the games’ traditionalists, it has undoubtedly helped raise the profile of cricket as a platform for betting. This form of cricket has seen a huge rise in turnover on the sport in the online betting market. The Cricket World Cup and other tournaments also attract a huge number of bets on the outright winner.
Betting On Cricket
Multiple markets are available to choose from when it comes to betting on cricket matches, series, and tournaments. The majority of the bookmakers will offer the opportunity to place a bet before the start of each series. To search for the available markets, visit your favorite bookmaker’s website and head to the cricket menu. Under this section, you can hunt for the market of your choice.
Various Betting Markets
1. Outright Winners Bet
All bookmakers will offer odds on the outright winner of an ODI, Test, or T20 series. This option is available throughout the duration of the series. Obviously – only until the series is decided.
2. Match Winner
Odds on match winners will be offered by bookmakers before the start of the game. Some bookmakers will also offer in-play betting during Tests. The odds will fluctuate up and down for each of the results during the course of play – win, loss, and draw.
3. Tournament Winner
All bookmakers will offer you markets and odds on big tournaments. Yes – These include the Big Bash and IPL too! You are placing a bet based on who you predict will be crowned the champions.
4. Correct Series Score Betting
This gives you a chance to correctly predict the exact scoreline for the series. You must place your bets before the series starts. For example, A three-match series could have a 1-0, 2-0, or 3-0 scoreline in favor of a team. Or it could have 0-0 or 1-1 draws in the series.
5. Top Batsmen and Bowlers
Often bookmakers will offer markets for the top batsman and bowler for both teams for the first innings of the Test match or during T20 and ODI matches. Similarly, you can place your bets on your predicted top batsman and bowler for the series as well, for each side. At the end of the first innings, or the end of the series, – the batsman/bowler to have scored the most number of runs/picked up the most wickets, will be the top Batsman/bowler for the game.
Although it is now possible to bet on cricket with almost any respectable sportsbook, it definitely pays to look around and find your own preferred bookmaker. Many still only offer a limited number of markets on the Test Matches whilst some cater for all forms of cricket. After choosing a suitable bookmaker that offers to bet on domestic and international fixtures, you can broaden your horizons and experiment with the betting exchanges.
Live Stream Cricket
Bet365 covers a live stream of cricket internationals and tournaments throughout the year. You can watch a live stream of the Big Bash League as well as several other tournaments and series matches.