The cricket sport enjoys a massive following in the subcontinent of India. Its popularity transcends the country’s borders making it the second most popular sport in the world after football. This makes it one of the few sports globally that allow punters to bet on it all year round – and you know what that means, right?
Virtually endless opportunities to win real money on the teams you favor to win. If you’re new to cricket betting, there are several events to wager on once you understand the fundamentals of how the sport is played. Without further ado, here’s the ultimate cricket betting guide 2020 to enhance your chances of placing winning bets at each turn.
How to Bet on Cricket
The first step to learning how to bet on the sport involves understanding the basics of how the game is played. Two teams that comprise 11 players each, go head to head in a playing field. Each of the teams has batsmen and bowlers whose functions are to bat and pitch respectively.
The aim of the game is for the bowler to hurl the ball towards the batsman and knock over the bail of the wicket. The batsman has to try their best to prevent this from happening by hitting the ball.
There are typically two batsmen on the pitch at any given time in the course of a game. Every time the ball is hit, they run to switch places on the pitch. The team that emerges victorious over their opponent is the one that scores the highest number of runs. Here are some fundamental rules of the game that you need to be aware of:
- If the ball is hit out of the field on a fly, the team scores 6 runs
- If the ball is hit out of the filed on a bounce, the team scores 4 runs
- If the bowler manages to knock down the wicket with their pitch, then the striker (the batsman facing the ball from the bowler) gets out-bowled
- If any of the pitchers catch a ball batted on the fly, the striker gets out-caught
- If any of the fielders catch a ground ball, throw it at the wicket and knock it down before the running batsman gets there, then striker gets out-run
- If the batsman’s body gets in the way of a ball that would have otherwise hit the wicket and knocked it down it is considered a “leg before wicket”
The two competing teams take turns batting and fielding. When six consecutive bowls are delivered from one end of a cricket pitch to the batsman at the opposite end, it is considered an “over”. To end the “innings”, each fielding team has to “dismiss” 10 batsmen through any of the dismissal methods discussed above, or when a specific number of “overs” have been bowled.