India v West Indies: First Test Odds and Betting Preview

By Matt Harris on October 2, 2018

There really is no rest for India’s international cricketers. After a long tour of England was followed by ODI success at the Asia Cup, it’s straight into the domestic season and the visit of the West Indies. Therefore, it is time for some India v West Indies cricket odds.

Two Tests precede the limited overs legs of this tour. The first game starts at Rajkot this Thursday. Let’s get on and see what the bookies make of it all.

What are the India v West Indies cricket odds?

India’s test team may have their issues on the road, but they are a much tougher prospect at home and that is reflected in the India v West Indies cricket odds, where Kohli’s men are a short 1.18 with Betrally to win the first Test. That figure leaves the West Indies out at 15.00, while the draw is available at 8.00.

The West Indies’ price has actually shortened with some bookmakers. That could be down to a good showing by their batsmen against Indian Board President’s XI. They can bat long and have some talented players as they showed in England last year. But they are not the side they once were in this form of the game. The profits will be small ones, but the odds setters look to have called this correctly.

Match Odds Summary: India 1.18 (Betrally – Editor’s Pick), The Draw 8.00, West Indies 15.00.

What are the India v West Indies cricket odds for top batsman?

India ended their Test series with England on a positive note with a big hundred from KL Rahul at The Oval and a debut ton for Rishabh Pant. Virat Kohli was the most consistent run scorer throughout the series however and the skipper starts as favourite to score most runs on first innings in Rajkot at 3.25 with Betway.

Cheteshwar Pujara also scored a century in that England series. He can be picked up at 4.33, while Rahul will be a tempter for many at odds of 6.00. Elsewhere, Hanuma Vihari made a positive start on first innings at The Oval and he is an option at 9.00. Other Indian names in this market include Ajinkya Rahane at 7.00, and Rishabh Pant at 10.00.

Moving across to the West Indies’ top batsman market, there has been some support for Sunil Ambris, who scored a century in that warm-up game against IBPXI. Ambris is available for the first test at 7.00. The favourite is the opener, Kraigg Brathwaite, at 4.50.

Shai Hope is a good prospect for West Indian cricket and he follows at 5.00. Other West Indian options include Roston Chase at 5.50, Kieran Powell at 6.00. As a possible outside punt, Shane Dowrich is a battler down the order and can be picked up at a generous 10.00.

With no clear favourite for the West Indies, there could be some value in their market. But for an overall tip, we’ll stick with India and opt for Pujara. He had a difficult time in England, both at county and international level. But on home tracks, his class will be key for the hosts across the Test series.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: India: Kohli 3.25, Pujara 4.33 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Rahul 6.00, Rahane 7.00, Vihari 9.00, Pant 10.00.

West Indies: Brathwaite: 4.50, Hope 5.00, Chase 5.50, Powell 6.00, Dowrich 10.00.

What are the India v West Indies cricket odds for top bowler?

It has been a comprehensive summary so far. We’ll finish very quickly in India’s top bowler market for best first innings figures. It’s a bet where we often find value and we think it’s the same for Thursday’s test in Rajkot.

As usual, India’s spinners are favoured with R Ashwin leading the way at 2.62 with Bet365, followed by Ravi Jadeja at 3.50. Our pick comes from the seamers where Mohammed Shami, who had such an impressive tour of England, looks exceptional value at odds of 7.00.

India Top Bowler Odds Summary: Ashwin 2.62 (Bet365), Jadeja 3.50, Kuldeep Yadav 4.50, Shami 7.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Umesh Yadav 7.50.

Those spinners will have to do the bulk of the work across both innings. But West Indies’ top order is vulnerable and Shami can get early wickets to set up a profit and, ultimately, an opening win for India in this series.