It’s World Cup time on the cricket front.
Although the 50 over game has lost some of its gloss with the unrelenting rise of Twenty 20, the World Cup remains a hallowed trophy and one of the few events where the entire cricketing world comes together to duke it out.
We’ve had a look at the major tournament markets heading into the first match this evening.
Tournament Winner (BetEasy)
$10 South Africa
$11 New Zealand
$19 West Indies
$101 Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
No surprise to see the Poms at the top. The world’s top-ranked ODI side, on home soil… they would be favourites, wouldn’t they? Theoretically it should all go their way, but these things can work both ways. If the side disappoints early, the notorious English press will be savage and the crowds could bring more pressure than support.
Mind you… the Poms are confident. ‘I don’t think I can name a player in the history of English cricket who would get in our top seven‘ is the latest quote from Stuart Broad. Not so sure about that Broady, even if the line-up does look good.
If you’re looking at the two favourites, India may be better bet: a dominant tournament from Kohli and Bumrah alone would go a long way to taking them to the final, and as they showed in Australia last summer, this Indian team has a steely resolve and a certain mental strength which the captain seems to have instilled into them.
National pride aside, it’s probably hard to be as optimistic about the Aussies, especially at $4.25. It could of course all fall into place, but you’re counting on Smith and Warner to slide back in without issue. It seems a little riskier than the price we’re getting.
Could our Trans-Tasman cousins surprise? They’re heavily reliant on Ross Taylor and Trent Boult, but a big start from those two – and form-wise it looks more than possible – could see their odds tumble very quickly.
Top Run Scorer (BetEasy)
$7 Virat Kohli
$10 Jonny Bairstow. Steve Smith
$11 David Warner
$13 Joe Root, Jason Roy
$15 Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson
$17 Quinton de Kock, Babar Azam
$21 Aaron Finch, Martin Guptill, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope
$26 Shikhar Dhawan, Jos Buttler, Usman Khawaja, Ross Taylor, Fakhar Zaman
$34 Faf du Plessis, Iman ul Haq
$41 Eoin Morgan, Colin Munro, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen
$51 Glenn Maxwell, Henry Nicholls, Shimron Hetmyer
$67 Tom Latham, Evin Lewis, Tamin Iqbal
$81 Shoaib Malik
$101 MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Marcus Stoinis, David Miller, Darren Bravo, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Andre Russell
$151 Hazratullah Zazai
$201 Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das
$251 Mohammad Nabi
King Kohli is the top of the market here and he looks a relatively good bet, even at $7. The Indian megastar sits comfortably atop the world ICC batsmen rankings, has already scored three ODI centuries in 2019, and was superb in three ODIs played in England last year.
It’s hard to count out Jonny Bairstow on home turf. He’s an incredibly quick scorer and if he starts to get rolling in front of the home crowds, the runs could stack up very quickly.
The big questions are over the Aussies… Smith and Warner obviously have the pedigree to dominate a World Cup, but will they be able to step straight back onto the big stage and dominate immediately? Pressure-wise, the English crowds will give them no relief. They’ll be fascinating to watch.
For a bit more value, Quentin de Kock may be worth a look at $17. The South African is flying, averaging 58.8 in one-dayers in 2019. The Proteas will need him to maintain that form if they’re to have any hope of taking the trophy home.
Top Wicket Taker (BetEasy)
$11 Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
$12 Pat Cummins
$13 Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada
$15 Adil Rashid, Kuldeep Yadav, Jofra Archer
$17 Rashid Khan, Imran Tahir
$26 Adam Zampa, Chris Woakes
$26 Jason Holder, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lungi Ngidi
$34 Tom Curran, Mohammed Shami
$41 Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
$41 Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Hasan Ali
$51 Kemar Roach, Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, Lasith Malinga, Mohammad Amir
$67 Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja, Suranga Lakmal
$101 Kane Richardson, Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Hasnain, Dale Steyn, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan
$201 Andre Russell, Mohammad Nabi, Mustafizur Rahman
Perhaps the surprise here is actually Jasprit Bumrah. Even as equal favourite, there’s an argument that he might be over the odds at $11. Aussie crowds will be familiar with his work after he ripped through the test side over the summer, and his form in one-dayers is no less impressive – he’s the number one ranked ODI bowler in the world. His variation makes him incredibly difficult to play and he should enjoy the English conditions.
The conditions will also suit his co-favourite Trent Boult, who looks to have the ball moving very well in warm-up games.
At $17, it might be worth having something on Rashid Khan. He’s got the best bowling average of anybody in ODI history: his 125 wickets have come at just 15.34, with eight hauls of 4 wickets and best figures of 7/18. He performed at the T20 World Cup too…. he could explode onto the world stage here.
Rod’s High Low will certainly be looking to take advantage of the markets during the Cricket World Cup.
With over $100,000 profit in less than 4 years, it’s a no-brainer for any punter.