Cricket and betting, both are exciting in their own ways, but when mixed together, they form a combination that is hard to resist for most, especially for the hardcore fans of the game residing in the subcontinent. While betting has been taking place in almost every sport, cricket betting enjoys a unique place, thanks to 22 players, and a huge set of variables. One has to closely follow the game, to place consistently winning bets. Punters can also rely on websites like
OCB for regular updates, or expert tips for betting on upcoming cricket matches.
During the olden days, betting in cricket was more of guesswork, and punters used to follow their instincts, or 'hunches' while placing a bet. While many, especially novices, still do that, seasoned gamblers know the importance of statistics for deciding who to bet on.
Players are the most important aspect of a cricket game, influencing each and every outcome. Following the players' current form, as well as their past history against a specific team, or on a specific ground, is very important for placing bets. For example, a batsman might have a fantastic overall record but might have struggled against a particular team, or a particular bowler, or on a particular ground. This statistic can greatly influence the outcome of the match or a particular aspect of your bet.
Format of the game
The format of a game should also be taken into account while planning your bet. A batsman like Kieron Pollard has been consistently good in the T20 format but has failed to make an impact in test matches. So if you place a bet on Pollard hitting a century during a test match, statistically speaking, you are more likely to lose the bet, rather than winning it.
The venue and the pitch
Pitches in the subcontinent have historically aided the batsmen, and provide little help to seamers and fast bowlers. The matches are usually high scoring ones, and in form, batsmen are likely to score big runs. Also, since the pitches are better suited for spinners, they are likely to get more wickets compared to the quicker bowlers.
Conversely, for games being played in England, seamers have enjoyed greater success, and the batsmen from the subcontinent have found it difficult to adjust to the conditions.
Cricket being an outdoor game is greatly influenced by the weather. On an overcast day, the ball is likely to swing more, thanks to the higher moisture content in the air, making it difficult to score runs. While on the same ground, if the sky is clear and sunny, the ball will come nicely on to the bat, making scoring easy, and teams can easily score big runs.
Today, thanks to the internet, you can conduct a thorough analysis of each player, team, and venue. Doing proper research about all the aspects of an upcoming game will greatly aid you in placing a potentially winning bet.
Hardcore bettors also use predictive analysis, feeding in various details into a model, and predicting the outcome based on a particular set of variables. Although not 100% accurate by any means, these do provide a fair deal of insight into how a particular match would play out.
Sports betting on any game, including cricket, has been classified as a 'game of chance', as there is always an element of luck involved in the outcome. While this holds true even today, with proper research and analysis, as well as by studying the statistical data, you can mitigate the 'luck' factor to a certain extent.