Cricket was considered a gentleman’s sport because of the slow-paced nature of the game. Test cricket was the most played form of cricket, and it took five days to determine a result. If a punter made a wager on the outcome of a test match, they would know if they won or not, usually after five days of play. That gave rise to shorter versions of the game, such as 50-over cricket and 20-over cricket which included a faster result in a few hours or a day’s cricket play. Cricket has several major controversies involving national cricketers, umpires, governing bodies, and bookies. Some famous betting scandals include South Africa in 2000, Sri Lanka in 2018, the IPL, wagers made by Australian cricketers, passing information on to bookmakers, and more. Such controversies can put punters off from making wagers on a rigged game of cricket. However, despite these controversies, punters and cricket fans still follow the game, and the sport’s popularity continues to grow into the 21st century.
Cricket Betting Strategies
Some of the best cricket betting strategies punters can adopt are making wagers on the toss, betting on draw outcomes for Test matches, making wagers on different formats, cups, and tournaments, stakes on players and other betting markets.
Making Wagers On The Toss
Making a wager on the toss is an overall betting strategy because it effectively gives a punter a 50% chance of winning the bet and a 50% chance of losing the wager. A wager on the toss is similar to making a wager on the outcome of a match. However, a draw is still a slim possibility. A bet on the match’s outcome gives a punter less than a 50% chance of winning or losing a wager. A punter also has the opportunity of making a wager on who will win the toss or which team will choose to bat or bowl first. Unlike football, where the toss doesn’t matter, the toss in cricket betting is essential and gives the team that wins the toss a distinct advantage.
Draws In Test Games
Test games have an equal probability of a team winning, a team losing, or both teams playing a draw. In most other formats, draw games are improbable because of the high scoring system of cricket and different scoring methods. A punter making a wager on a draw match outside Test cricket is highly unlikely to win, but if a punter can accurately pull it off, they can expect a big payday. While betting on draw results in test games can sometimes be boring because of the wait for the product, a punter is making a bet that is likely to win.
Different Types Of Formats
Cricket is played in multiple formats such as T20, one-day matches, and Test matches. Different teams field different squads depending on the form. In a test game, a punter has several other betting markets over five days to take part. In a one-day game, a punter can make as many wagers they can during the day until the end of the game. A T20 match typically lasts 3 to 4 hours on average and gives a punter several betting options but only within a limited timespan.
Wagers In Tournaments And Cups
Punters can also place wagers on different leagues across the globe such as the Ashes, the World Cup, the T20 World Cup, the Sharjah Cup, The Big Bash League, the Indian Premier League, domestic English County Cricket, and more. With matches played every week, punters can always make a wager in cricket game. Some teams play specific tournaments better than others, such as Australia, while other strong groups such as South Africa tend to underperform in the exact match.
Wagers On Players
Punters can make match-specific or player-specific wager in cricket. Some of the betting markets punters can make wagers on include highest runs, highest wickets, most catches, most runs in a period, over/under, player of the match, etc. While wagers on players can be harder to predict, the payout is generally higher than making a wager on the match outcome.