For the uninitiated, cricket might seem like a game that can go on forever. I have lost count of the amount of times I have been questioned on the popularity of a sport where a match can go on for five days. I am here to tell you that cricket is an exciting game that is not only spread across multiple formats, but each format brings it’s own little nuances that can make online betting very interesting.
The first rule of betting on any sport is to know the sport. While you are not required to go into the tiny details that make up the sport, the more information you do possess will ultimately help you make educated guesses when it comes to betting. With cricket, the best place to start is to know what the different formats of the game are.
- Different Formats of Cricket
The game of cricket started decades ago with what we know as Test matches. These matches are spread across a total of five days and eventually lead to two possible outcomes – win or draw.
Next up we have the one-day internationals which consist of a maximum of 50 overs per side and usually lead to one outcome i.e a winner being declared. There have been instances where the matches have been drawn due to weather or both teams ending up on the same score. However, these instances are rare, and a winner is usually decided at the end of each game.
The newest format to be introduced to cricket is the twenty-twenty or T20 for short. Unlike the 50 over matches, each side can bowl a maximum of 20 overs each and a few more adjustments are thrown into the rules for good measure. This format has exploded in popularity mainly because it encourages a faster mode of gameplay. Boundaries usually in the form of sixes are a regular feature of the game as are the cheerleaders who celebrate each boundary or six with a dance routine. As expected, this format has gained a lot of attention in the sub-continent particularly in India where an annual event by the name of the Indian Premier League (IPL) keeps viewers glued to the screen.
- Squad Selection
Once you have accustomed yourself to the rules of the game and the different formats, the next step is to analyze the composition of each team. Each team will consist of eleven players and trust us when we say this, not all players are the same. Some will be batting powerhouses such as Virat Kohli whereas some will be more comfortable tearing down wickets such as Bhumrah. Therefore, it will make little sense to place a wager on Bhumrah scoring a century given his area of expertise.
Similarly, some players will favour certain formats of the game. Kieran Pollard is an important team member of the Mumbai Indians who is known for his legendary power-hitting. Someone like Pollard with his technique and temperament will be more suited in the shorter formats of the game such as T20 and ODI’s. It comes as no surprise that his form in test matches is not that great and is rarely part of the West Indies test squad.
- Pitch and Weather Conditions
An additional tip on how to bet on cricket relates to reading the pitch and weather conditions correctly. India is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to home matches and the reason is that pitches are prepared in a way to help the batsmen. Australian pitches are quite the opposite and are faster and offer a fair amount of bounce. This means that Australian pacemen will most likely send across quite a few bouncers at the opposition hoping for miscued shots to land into the hands of the fielders. So, always pay attention to where the match is being played and also the pitch report that is provided at the beginning of the game.
Similarly, weather can play a big role in the outcome of a match. A dry, sunny day is going to offer very little in the way of ball movement making the batting easier. Overcast conditions pose other problems with the ball swinging all over the place in the hands of an expert seamer such as Wasim Akram.
These are just some of the tips that we hope will help you placing intelligent bets when it comes to cricket.