Cricket can be a minefield when it comes to betting, especially for the uninitiated. There are a lot of tournaments including the ICC World Cup and the T20 World Cup. Of course you also have the likes of the Ashes, the Indian Premier League and the Champions Trophy.
My guide will help you navigate through the complex world of Cricket Betting. I’ll show you which bet types to avoid, what to punt on and where to find fantastic Cricket stats.
Here are some of the most popular Cricket Betting markets.
- Match Winner
Self-explanatory. If you pick the correct team to win, the bet is successful.
- Man of the Match
Cricket man-of-the-match betting is basically predicting who will earn the man-of-the-match award in any given game
- First Ball of Match
Essentially, this is the outcome of the first delivery. Will it be a dot ball, a 6, 4 or a wicket etc…
- First Over Runs
How many runs will be scored in the 1st over?
- Highest opening partnership
Which team will have the highest opening run partnership?
- Top Runscorer
Who will be a Team’s highest runscorer in their 1st innings?
- Draw No Bet
Draw No Bet removes the option of a draw from a bet and allows you to bet on either a home or away win. If the selection is successful your bet will win. If the contest ends in a draw, your stake will be returned which means you neither win nor lose. Your bet will obviously lose if the team backed are defeated.
There are also outright competition bets. For example, you can bet on the winner of the current seasons of the Bob Willis Trophy, Twenty20 Bash, Caribbean Premier League, or Indian Premier League. If you are looking further ahead, you can also place bets on who you think will win the various International tournaments – like the Cricket World Cup.
One market to keep an eye on until it starts in November 2021 will be the Ashes series. The last series ended in a draw and you can get odds of 11/2 with Paddy Power of this happening again. You can get odds of 11/4 of England regaining the Ashes.
Another competition taking place next year is the T20 World Cup. The host’s India are currently favourites to win the competition with odds of 5/2. England (5/1) and New Zealand (8/1) are also seen as likely candidates to win it.
Which Cricket Bets To Avoid?
This ultimately depends on how much research you are willing to put in. The best advice would be to avoid any bets such as top runscorer or match winner without some in-depth research into player’s form.
Most Rewarding Cricket Bets?
One of the more lucrative Cricket bets is Man of the Match. The odds here for each individual player ranges from 10/1 to 33/1. Another interesting one can be the method of 1st dismissal for each side. You could have had odds of 7/2 for the 1st dismissal being ‘bowled’.
This site, managed by ESPN, can be extremely helpful when looking at different markets during, or in the build-up to any match. For Test Matches, it provides stats such as team records, batting records, bowling records, wicketkeeping records, fielding records, all-round records, partnership records and individual records.
For example, you can access batting stats for England batsmen over the last few years. This is useful for those that want to place a bet on which England player will score a century in the 1st innings of any given match or who will be England’s top run-scorer. A similar table is also available for the bowlers.
Alternatively, you can check out this report which shows you how Joe Root has batted in different countries. This would come in handy when looking at next year’s Ashes series. There’s evidence to suggest that Root struggles in Australia and would be one to avoid on bets like ‘top runscorer’.
You can also access tonnes of info on Stuart Broad. Aside from his home country of England, he has taken more wickets in South Africa than anywhere else. These are the nuggets of extra research that help you make better bets. Data is key!
Where To Bet
Paddy Power provides helpful in-play stats that can help with in-play betting. You can bet on how many runs will be scored in the next over and their website shows clearly how many runs have recently been scored to help you make a more well-informed bet.