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Cricket Betting Explained
Cricket is emerging as one of the most popular sports across the world, with millions of viewers tuning in daily to view nationally (and sometimes, globally) televised matches. Many are becoming more and more interested in betting on these matches, and the cricket wager has surpassed many sports as a gambler's favoured choice.
To newcomers, there is no need to be intimidated as cricket bets are quite simple to understand both in principle and in practice. This article will discuss the most popular types of cricket bets and serve as an introduction to those new to cricket betting.
Types of Cricket Bets
Before we jump into the different types of cricket bets, it is advisable that you do your proper research and homework before betting on any type of cricket match, even for recreational purposes. Chance favours the prepared, and with a wealth of information available at the click of a button, you are truly without excuse. Be well versed in what you are betting on and you will find success comes a lot more easily.
It should also be noted that betting comes a lot easier if you already enjoy playing or watching cricket matches. You'll be more inclined to do your research and read up on different teams and players, and will likely find your 'homework' to actually be quite enjoyable.
There are several types of cricket bets that you can place. The easiest is the straight bet, where you just pick the head-to-head winner. This is the simplest to understand for gamblers new to cricket. Odds will be better for underdogs and less for favourites, but a safe bet would be to go for the favourite. Straight bets can also include pitting two batsmen against each other, and picking who you think will score the most runs.
Team and Player Bets
If you know a bit more about the game and more specifically about individual players, you can place a bet on the top batsman or runscorer for the match. This, of course, can be slightly harder to predict. You can also place a bet on who will hit the most 6's within a match, or even the total number of 6's hit between both teams. This last type of bet is more of an over / under bet, and is also quite popular in cricket betting. A very common over / under bet is the total runs scored between both teams during the match. Be sure to pay attention to the match duration before placing your bet!
Bets can also be placed during the game, such as within the first 10 overs, who is able to score the most runs? Or perhaps who will be the next batsman to make an out. Another common bet to be placed during the game is who will be the first to make it to 10 runs. In this case always pick the team with the heavy hitters! These types of bets can be a bit trickier and should only be made by those who understand both the game and the teams who are playing.
Cricket betting is an exciting new way to enjoy the game of cricket and is fast becoming one of the most popular sports to be on. Whether you're betting on The Ashes or another match, remember to enjoy yourself and gamble responsibly by knowing your limits and understanding when to call it quits.