Updated: May 21, 2018
Cricket has a deep history dating back to the 16th century where it is believed to have started as a children’s game in medieval England and was soon adopted by adults as a rigorous test of athletic skill, physical endurance and strategic thinking. Today the game is followed all over the world, but nowhere does it have more fans than it does in India. Likewise, IPL (Indian Premier League) is one the most popular crickets leagues globally with all major online cricket betting sites offering odds for it.
As covered in our article Cricket Betting Sites – Where to Bet on Cricket Online, some established European online bookies are looking to attract Indian customers who are interested in online cricket betting, some even offer accounts in Indian currency (INR – rupees).
If you are a little unsure of where to begin when it comes to online betting, see our guide on how to bet for a step by step walk through from choosing a site to making a bet.
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Weekly Cricket Round Up – May 21, 2018
Last week saw plenty of buzz around India’s International squad announcements and while it’s been much quieter over the last seven days, many of the players involved have been looking for form ahead of a return to action for the national side.
We’re now into the final week of IPL 11 so we will soon be switching attention to the test against Afghanistan and the tours to follow but who is finding their touch in the lead up to those games?
At first class level, it’s been a fairly miserable period for Yorkshire’s Cheteshwar Pujara but a switch to one day action has helped India’s top order batsman to find his touch. Two matches in the 50 Over Royal London Cup have produced scores of 82 and 73 for a man who could barely pass single figures in the County Championship.
Moving down the length of the country to Sussex, we find Ishant Sharma who has taken three wickets for the Sharks in two matches. Both Ishant and Pujara have been named in India’s 15 man test squad to face Afghanistan next month and will be eager to impress in the few remaining games for their respective counties.
News from India
Six gruelling weeks of competition have left us with just four teams as we head into the final six days of this season’s IPL. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings finished at the top of the group table and will now play each other in Tuesday’s first qualifier while Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will do battle in the eliminator on the following day.
Chennai are the favourites at this stage but with the knockout format starting to come into play, there is plenty of scope for an upset before and during Sunday’s final in Mumbai.
Pakistan completed an expected win in their one-off test against Ireland but the end was far from comfortable for the tourists. Having forced the Irish to follow on in their first ever test match, the home side recovered, thanks to a century from Kevin O’Brien, and set Pakistan a tricky target of 160 to win.
The chase started badly with the tourists at 14-3 but a patient, undefeated 74 from Imam-ul-Haq eventually saw his side home by a five wicket margin. The defeat was ultimately disappointing from Ireland’s point of view but while there will be tougher challenges to come, it was an encouraging start for the newest member of test cricket’s family.
As for Pakistan, Sarfraz Ahmed’s team have crossed the Irish Sea to England where the first of two test matches starts this Thursday at Lord’s.
Join us in seven days’ time as we report on that game while bringing you all the international and domestic news from India and overseas.
Top Online Cricket Betting Sites for India
When it comes to cricket betting sites, we have done the research so you don’t have to. We only recommend sites based on very strict criteria with TRUST being the top attribute we consider because we know how frustrating it can be to wager with sites that are slow to pay or don’t pay at all, so we only recommend sites with a solid reputation for paying customers. We also look for sites that offer deposits via e-wallets like Neteller that make depositing fast and easy, a wide selection of betting options, and if possible, sites that accept Indian Rupees.
Restrictions for all offers may apply, see terms and conditions for details. Must be 18 years or older. Gamble responsibly.
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2018 Cricket Fixtures for India
|IPL 11 (2018)||First Match April 7|
|IPL 11 - Qualifier 1||May 22|
|IPL 11 - Eliminator||May 23|
|IPL 11 - Qualifier 2||May 25|
|IPL 11 - Final||May 27|
|India vs Afghanistan - One-off Test Match||June 14 - 18|
|India Tour of Ireland - 1st T20I||June 27|
|India Tour of Ireland - 2nd T20I||June 29|
|England vs India - 1st T20I||July 3|
|England vs India - 2nd T20I||July 6|
|England vs India - 3rd T20I||July 8|
|England vs India - 1st ODI||July 12|
|England vs India - 2nd ODI||July 14|
|England vs India - 3rd ODI||July 17|
|England vs India - 1st Test||Aug 1 - 5|
|England vs India - 2nd Test||Aug 9 - 13|
|England vs India - 3rd Test||Aug 18 - 22|
|England vs India - 4th Test||Aug 30 - Sep 3
|Karnataka Premier League 2018||Sept 1 - 23|
|England vs India - 5th Test||Sept 11|
|Australia vs India - 1st T20I||Nov 21|
|Australia vs India - 2nd T20I||Nov 23|
|Australia vs India - 3rd T20I||Nov 25|
|Australia vs India - 1st Test||Dec 6 - 10|
|Australia vs India - 2nd Test||Dec 14 - 18|
|Australia vs India - 3rd Test||Dec 26 -30
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Major World Wide T20 Tournaments
- Indian Premier League [April – May]: IPL is without a doubt the most popular T20 League in the world. It began in 2008 after a dispute between the former Indian Cricket League and BCCI. It has earned enormous success (despite controversy) with a massive following each year. There are currently 8 teams representing various cities within India. The teams gather talent from all over the world to meet in the ultimate cricket battle.
- Bangladesh Premier League [Nov-Dec]: Modeled after the IPL and started in 2012, it has quickly become the 2nd most popular cricket tournament in the world and a brand value of roughly $800 million.
- KFC Big Bash (Australia Big Bash) [Dec – Jan]: The BBL has enjoyed a lot of success since it began in 2011. It attracts global talent, however, Indian players usually do not participate. It is currently 8th in the world among the most attended sports leagues worldwide.
- England NatWest T20 Blast League [July – Sept]: The NatWest began in 2014. It took over as the primary domestic T20 competition for England, taking the place of Friends Life t20. NatWest has 2 divisions of 9 teams for a total of 18. It isn’t as popular as other T20 leagues, perhaps because England is predominately interested in football, but it attracts a respectable audience.
- South Africa Ram Slam T20 League [Nov – Dec]: The Ram slam is loosing popularity. Some speculate that is due to the rise of other cricket tournaments worldwide, but it still offers a high dose of excitement for cricket fans, particularly of South Africa.
- Pakistan Super League [Feb]: This newly formed league (2016) seemed inevitable. In short, Pakistan loves cricket. It was only a matter of time before they created their own domestic tournament.
- Caribbean Premier League [July]: This summer league involves 6 teams. While they once dominated the sport of cricket, the West Indians are currently struggling to regain their dominant form, however, and the CPL enjoys a devoted and enthusiastic following in the region.
Our Preferred Cricket Betting Site
The most popular site among our visitors is Betway.com. They accept both Skrill and Neteller deposits, and allows Indians to register accounts using their home address. In addition, Betway also takes deposits, issues withdrawals and accepts wagers in Indian Rupees (INR). However, they also use other currencies like the Pound, Euro and Dollar if you so choose. Learn more by checking out our page on where to bet on cricket.
Expert Tip: Shop for the Best Cricket Odds. Before you place your bet, be sure to find the best odds for that bet. Think of odds as prices. If you don’t take advantage of the best odds for each of your bets, you are leaving money on the table. Taking this extra step can boost sports betting profits by 5-20% or more. Typically the variation in cricket odds is fairly low, but even if the difference is small, it is best practice to take advantage of the better value. The best way to shop for cricket fixtures is to use a cricket odds feed. This allows you to view the odds of several sites at once before making your selection. Be sure to have accounts at 2 or more betting sites to take advantage of better odds.
Live Cricket Betting with In-Play Markets
A relatively new and special variety of cricket bets available to punters relates to “live” cricket betting. Thanks to so-called “in-play” or “in-running” markets, bettors can take a stake in the action ball by ball as play progresses. Typical live bets include Runs Off Next Ball, Method of Next Dismissal and Next Man Out, to name just a few.
This kind of online cricket betting is offered almost exclusively online through the introduction of live streaming video and audio feeds. Much like matches have been brought to television by satellite broadcasting, these feeds bring action in real time directly to the computers of bettors, who can watch each play as it unfolds and make timely bets accordingly.
This format can take a bit of getting used to initially. Brief delays in transmission are common, at least partly due to differences in bandwidth available and buffering times required by users’ computers. The lag can be a distraction and sometimes interfere with bets being accepted. Odds change quite rapidly, too, which requires full attention to the match and opportunities being presented.
However, this betting form only continues to improve, greatly expanding the number of cricket markets available and adding additional excitement to every over in a match. One of the most recent innovations introduced is a “Cash Out” feature, which allows an in-play bettor to lock in a profit or limit a loss with just a click while a game is in progress.
To learn more about this form of wagering see our page titled Live Cricket Betting.
Mobile Cricket Betting – Smartphones and Tablets
Betting using smartphones and tablets continues to increase in popularity as costs for cellular data decrease and mobile devices become more powerful. Online cricket betting using mobile devices is extremely convenient. For most sites, you have the option of using their mobile app, or accessing their site via your mobile web browser. In either case you will find a simplified interface compared to their desktop version, but all of the essential functions will be available to you including live betting . Some sites, such as bet365, even offer live streaming via their mobile interface (minimum deposit and or betting amounts required. See their terms and conditions for details at Bet365). You can also deposit and withdraw straight from your mobile device.
Developing a Cricket Betting Strategy
Given all of these online cricket betting opportunities, it really is necessary for those who seek to profit regularly to come up with a winning strategy for wagering. That requires spending some time studying the history and statistics of teams and players, which thankfully is available in abundance online. For an example refer to the Indian Premier League website where you can find a huge collection of information to help you make informed betting decisions.
A good first step in making the leap from recreational punter to savvy handicapper is to limit the scope of wagering. There are far too many leagues, teams and players in the world of cricket to become knowledgeable of them all. Selecting a specific league, such as the IPL, helps narrow the focus of research and makes the task manageable.
Start with Match Betting
Match Betting is the cornerstone of any good cricket betting strategy. As much as half of one’s wagering activities will be related to picking winners. That’s why it pays to become prolific in handicapping as quickly as possible. Criteria to be examined include team form, player trends and weather forecasts as well as the conditions of the pitch and ground. Handicappers will also want to seek out the best odds available, comparing prices offered by many bookmakers before wagering.
In this website’s section on cricket betting strategy, there is a list of top tips from some of the world’s most successful handicappers. From which types of wagers to avoid to where to look for top values, there is plenty of good advice for those who wish to develop an approach to cricket wagering that succeeds time and again.
Most Popular Online Cricket Bets
Match Bet: The most popular wager in cricket is a straight bet on who will the match. So-called “Match Betting” allows a bettor to choose a side, such as the Mumbai Indians to defeat the Kolkata Knight Riders. If the prediction is correct, a payout is made at pre-agreed odds, which may be expressed as fractions, decimals or money lines.
Series Winner and Outright Winner: Two other popular forms of cricket wagering are Series Winner and Outright Winner. The former is offered when teams play more than one game in a series, such as The Ashes contested over five matches by England and Australia. The latter refers to bets made as “futures” or “ante post” on a single team to prevail in a tournament or season, such as the Chennai Super Kings to repeat as IPL Champions, or Mumbai Indians to repeat as CLT20 Champions in 2015 as they did in ’11.
Prop Bets: Bets which are not directly related to the final result of a cricket match, series or tournament are known as proposition bets or “props.” They include team propositions, from which side will win the opening coin toss to whether a team’s total score will be over or under a certain number of runs. They also include player propositions that a based on individual performances.
Among the most popular player props are Top Batsman, Top Bowler and Man of the Match. Wagers can be made on whether a given player will score 50 runs or more and how many wickets a specific bowler will take during a series. One much enjoyed category of player props is Batsman Matches, pitting one player against another. The goal is to pick which one will score the most runs, get the most sixes, win the “Race to 10 Runs,” and similar head-to-head challenges.
For more details on wagering options see our article titled Types of Cricket Bets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is online cricket betting safe?
As long as you use a licensed site with a trusted reputation you increase your chances that your money will be kept secure. The longer the site has been around the better. For an established site, reputation is their most valued asset. It takes a lot of time to earn a good reputation. If customers begin to question if a site will protect their money, and provide fair odds and timely payouts, they will quickly begin losing customers. See our list of trusted sites to help you make your selection.
What is the minimum bet for cricket?
You will find different minimum bets among the various sites, but Betway offers Rs. 10 minimum bet.
Should I have an account at more than one betting site?
Yes, we highly recommend having an account at at least two cricket betting sites. The main reason for this is to take advantage of the best odds available for a given event.
What is the best way to deposit for online cricket betting?
We favor Neteller. Ewallets in general are best for India since credit cards can be difficult to use. It does take a few days to set up an ewallet account, but once it is established, you can deposit and withdraw very quickly and dependably. See our banking guide for more information.
History of Cricket Betting in India
Getting back to the history of cricket, after the game was adopted by adults it became so popular that it soon spread throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, gaining a following among colonists in the West Indies at the start of the 18th century. In 1721, the mariners of the British East India Company brought cricket to the Indian sub-continent and by the early 19th century, it had reached Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Although international matches were being played as early as 1844, official Test cricket was not introduced until 1877. By then, cricket betting had already been established as lucrative offering of British bookmakers. Today cricket is a highly regarded professional sport, enjoyed in more than a hundred countries around the world. The global organizing authority is the ICC or International Cricket Council (formerly the Imperial Cricket Conference), which oversees the sport’s major international tournaments, including the Cricket World Cup. The ICC is also responsible for appointing the referees and umpires who officiate at sanctioned Test matches, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals. The ICC Code of Conduct establishes the professional standards of discipline for cricket played internationally.
Within each cricket-playing region, domestic leagues have developed, too. In the U.K., these include the County Championship Division One & Two and the Pro40 National Leagues One & Two. In India, the Indian Premiership League (IPL) is cricket’s primary focal point, now featuring ten teams and an exciting annual tournament to decide the IPL Champion.
Although some nations continue to block efforts to legalize cricket betting on their own soil, wagering on league play and international match-ups has become a huge industry worldwide thanks to the Internet. In India, while gambling is illegal, we haven’t found any case where law enforcement was active when it involves using a home internet connection to access an online betting site located abroad. As you can see on our page Betting Sites Accepting Indian Rupees there are safe and secure options for Indians to wager online in rupee where hassle-free payouts are offered on wins.
As always if you’re going to bet any sport online, we wish you the best of luck and encourage you to check your local laws and to wager responsibility.