When T20 Cricket was introduced back in 2003, it was something of a saviour for the game as a whole. The fast paced action of this new, 20 over format, saw crowds increase and a whole new generation of followers become involved in the sport.
It also sparked a boost in cricket betting with far more interest being spread across all versions of the game. Test Cricket has also enjoyed a revival alongside the more traditional 50 over One Dayers and now there is more choice than ever before.
The major tournaments
The T20 World Cup is the newest international tournament on the calendar and it’s so popular that the competition is held every two years, as opposed to four years for the 50 over version. If you’re betting on T20 cricket, it is often seen as something of a lottery but since the World Cup was first held back in 2007, we have seen some patterns emerging.
Generally it’s all about the batting so, even though a team like the West Indies have been weak in other formats, their big hitters are vital in the twenty over version and that’s one of the reasons why they took the title in 2012. Sri Lanka are another side who are not necessarily the best in test or 50 over cricket but they are the most recent winners, having lifted the T20 trophy in 2014.
Patterns can also be seen in the top batsman betting where certain players deliver the profits more than most. With T20 cricket, it’s rare for the middle order to get much time at the crease so generally speaking, the top four batters are the ones to look for.
The IPL is the pinnacle of domestic Twenty-Twenty cricket and this tournament is held in India from April onwards. It’s a long competition with plenty of matches to enjoy so if you’re betting on IPL cricket there is lots of choice.
Domestic events are now prevalent across the world and you can also bet on the Pakistan Super League, the Big Bash in Australia and England’s T20 blast amongst others.
50 Over Formats
The 50 Over World Cup takes places every four years but when the tournament does come around, it is no less intense than the 50 over version. There is less room for ‘chance’ in the longer format so we do see more consistency among the winners.
Australia and India can sometimes dominate the longer ODI matches and the Aussies are the current holders, having claimed the World Cup for the fifth time in 2015.
Rising from the Ashes
As the general pace of the game has picked up, Test Cricket has become much faster and in the present day, games rarely extend to the scheduled fifth day. The Ashes series between England and Australia is the oldest and arguably most important but many teams are strong in the modern era.
For anyone betting on test cricket, it’s worth bearing in mind that home advantage is quite important. The host nation has the opportunity to prepare wickets that suit their batsmen and bowlers and it’s becoming tougher to win away from home.
As well as betting on the winner of any match or series, you can bet on series correct score, top batsmen, top bowler and much more. T20 cricket is all about the batting so you can also stake on the number of sixes or which team will score the most sixes in the specific game. Many other markets are declared for international and domestic matches.
Cricket has been rejuvenated in recent years and now is a great time to get involved.