Betting in cricket has gained more momentum in the last couple of years. As the players find more fame through cricket, punters are also slowly realising the benefits of betting on cricket games. With three basic formats of cricket games available, punters can choose to bet on any of the cricket games. The three main formats are One Day Internationals (ODIs), Twenty-twenty (T20s), and Test Matches (5-days).
Win the Match as well as Match Odds are other popular names of betting on cricket games. The punters usually bet on which teams will sustain in the individual match of the tournament, internationally as well as domestic. The cricket match odds are often biased because the pay of the favourite winning team is less than that of the underdog winning team, who has to pay more than 1-1.
There are several betting rules that apply to betting on cricket. Since it’s a huge market, punters usually concentrate on one particular format and bet on that. The three different formats in cricket are proof enough to show the vastness of this game.
Some General Rules
Knowledge about Players
Most players are known to perform across all the formats. However, certain players choose to play their best game only for certain formats and ideal conditions. It’s quite possible for players to be great in one format and a non-performer in another. So, researching and looking up on which player tends to perform in what conditions will help you decide what kind of bets to place on your favourite cricket player or team.
Learn to Read Pitches
Pitches are probably one of the most important factors in deciding how a particular player may perform in a cricket match. The condition of the pitch at the beginning of the match and how will it deteriorate until all the overs are played is another aspect that you need to consider while betting in cricket games.
Usually, the performance of the pitch and who is it favouring-batsmen or bowlers are one of the points discussed among the commentators. Listening to their comments and what they feel will also give you an insight about on which team and player to wager your bet on.
Climatic conditions can decide the fate of the match. If it’s cloudy, swing bowlers have an advantage. If it’s sunny, the fast bowlers will struggle, but the batsmen will have a gala time. But if the sun is out continuously, the pitch will bake and break, which will favour the spinners in the later part of the day.
Dramatic Turnarounds and Huge Prices
In this unpredictable game of cricket, upsets at huge odds and in-running drama is expected. While playing the Test series, easy targets suddenly seem like a major task as the pitch deteriorates.
Read Up on Stats and Past Results
Updating yourself about the past performances of and important stats about each venue will give you an idea about what you can expect in the various matches.
Let’s take a look at a few betting rules for cricket. These rules will give you a fair idea on how you can bet in test matches.
Betting Rules for Test Matches
- In test matches where not a single ball has been bowled, all the bets on that particular test match will be treated as void.
- There are huge chances of test matches ending in tie. Hence, if a particular test series has ended in tie, the draw bets will be considered as losers, and for the two teams, the bets will be settled under dead-heat rules.
- If there is a change in venue, or the match has been abandoned for any reason other than weather conditions, the bets made will be void.