Cricket is often called a gentleman’s game. Unlike football, it simply does not have the following around the world that the latter enjoys. Cricket is also mainly played by countries which have some kind of historical affiliation with the United Kingdom, be it through trade, the empire or protective mandates. Cricket has been in existence for hundreds of years, and it’s also quite a popular betting sport at the big sportsbooks, despite its obviously lesser audience to other sports.
But is betting on cricket, like betting on football a simple “pick a team to win” sport, or are there other things you should be looking out for? Of course there are.
Firstly, wagering on the international fixtures is better than on domestic matches, because researching the teams and players and past results is far easier. Research is always key when wagering online, specifically statistics – which are a sports gambler’s bible. Major internationals include the T-20 (Twenty-Twenty), Test (5-Day Match) and ODI (One Day International) games.
Obviously in a One Day International, there is only going to be one winning team at the end of the day. This is rather simple to eager on, and an elementary bet. Like football, the home team is the favourite and if they are facing a generally poor side, you should always back the home team; even if the odds are perilously low (which they generally will be).
Outright odds are the odds offered by the bookie that a team will win; it is the simplest kind of bet available and ideal for beginners in cricket gambling. Test matches however, provide an altogether different challenge. With a test match, is may be possible for the match to end in a draw, it is also possible to wager on who is winning after one day, two days and so on and so forth. This is something you must certainly keep in mind.
In 20-20 tournaments, you may also find that you can wager on a series of other odds too, such as the player to bag the most wickets, or to score the most runs. You can of course wager on the side that wins the match too, but these alternative bets are worth their weight in gold, if you know your stats and you know your players. Bowling is a key area where you can pick up good wins, but you’ll need to know your cricket Mr. Anorak.
Cricket gambling – indeed all sports gambling – is simple, if you’ve got a nose for stats and you know your stuff!