T20 World Cup match betting odds
Of course, there’s watching the T20 World Cup and then there’s making money from it.
As per usual, our mission is to keep our eye out for T20 World Cup betting odds
that offer true value to our readers. We’ll highlight the best odds and where you can find them but more importantly, we’ll also explain which teams and players are a good value bet in terms of their sporting credentials and the thinking behind putting your money on them.
This is all part of our promise to you to do all the groundwork, so you don’t have to! It’s also another good opportunity to carry on trying to beat the bookies together!
At the moment, there aren’t too many odds on the 2021 Cricket World Cup available but we’re constantly monitoring the situation and when good betting opportunities arise, you’ll be the first to know.
What are the best odds for the T20 World Cup right now?
It’s early days yet when it comes to T20 World Cup betting odds but the top betting companies have already priced up the winner market.
Hosts Australia are the early favourites and generally available at 3.5 while England, fresh from success in the 2019 50-Over World Cup are 5.0, the same odds as Virat Kohli’s India.
It could pay to look further down the list though, with defending champions the Windies particularly interesting at 9.0
Keep an eye on this section…
Other betting options
One of the great advantages of the biggest cricket tournaments coming around is the never-ending choice of different betting markets.
The general rule with any sports event is that the more interest there is in it from fans, the Media and sponsors, the more variety of things there are to wager on. All the better for us.
That’s because the more choice of T20 World Cup betting options, the greater the chances of finding real betting value. Just as an example: if the winner market doesn’t offer particularly attractive prices, then maybe the tournament top bowler or top batsman market provide better options.
It’s also always a good idea to not put all your eggs in one basket. Just putting a big bet on Australia to win outright and nothing else could be less wise than spreading your stakes across four or five different markets as a way of, well…hedging your bets. It’s also a lot more fun to have different wagers that involve a number of teams rather than just focussing on one; it makes every match more exciting.
Here are some of the best betting markets, split into tournament markets and match ones.
When all is said and done, this is what the T20 World Cup is all about: making it to the final and getting your hands on that trophy.
If as a punter, you want to focus on the big picture, then this could be the market for you. It helps to research the teams’ historical performances at T20 WCs, the players they have, the leadership ability and cricketing brain of their captain, team tactics, recent results and their T20I ranking. Other important factors are whether the conditions in the country where it’s being hosted will suit that particular side and whether in the first stage of the tournament they’ve been drawn in a strong group, or a weaker one.
Once you’ve gone through all that, you should be in a good position to decide whether the likes of Australia or England are good bets as favourites. Or whether it may pay to go with more unpredictable yet equally dangerous sides like Pakistan or the West Indies, at much bigger odds.
World Cup Top Batsman
Cricket is a team sport but there’s certainly room for individual brilliance within it and if you’re an elite batsman, this is one of the great rewards in the international game to be eyeing up: being the top batsman at the T20 World Cup.
Great names from the past to have won it include Shane Watson, our very own Virat Kohli and Mahela Jayawardene.
This time round the men to beat will include Kohli once again, David Warner, Babar Azam, Jason Roy, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma.
The great thing about this market is that because any one of 15 or 20 players have a chance, prices are never very short on any candidate. As ever, do your research to work out which batsmen have a strong record in that country, are in good form, boast healthy strike rates and averages and that they bat in the positions where you tend to score the most runs. Which in this case means: the Top 3.
World Cup Top Bowler
There’s been a theory doing the rounds over the past few years that it’s bowlers who win you tournaments, not batsmen. The elite ones like Mitchell Starc or Trent Boult have a knack for taking wickets at key times or by dismissing the dangermen, while also keeping the runs down.
But when playing this market, it’s just wickets taken that you need to focus on. So you’re much better off going for a proven wicket-taker like Kasigo Rabada who always takes wickets even though he can be expensive, than one like Tim Southee, who is economical but doesn’t take as many wickets.
The crucial metric here is bowlers’ strike rates: the average number of deliveries needed for each wicket they take, throughout their career.
Rather like the tournament top batsman market, it’s a wide one open one so you’re sure to get odds of at least 8.0 on whoever you choose to go for.
Other than Boult, Starc and Rabada, other bowlers to look out for are: Rashid Khan, Adil Rashid, Pat Cummins, Lungi Ngidi and India’s Jasprit Bumrah.
Chief in popularity among the individual match markets is who’s going to win the game.
It is of course true that the cream rises to the top and that the more finely-tuned teams with the players boasting the most star quality tend to win more often
But it’s also very true that T20 is the most volatile format where often one big individual performance can turn a game on its head and therefore the form of cricket where upsets happen the most and underdogs prevail more often. Who can forget the Windies upsetting India in the semi-final of the last T20 World Cup, mostly due to a one-man batting masterclass by Lendl Simmons?
So if it’s betting outsiders you like, this T20 World Cup should throw up some good opportunities for you as long as you can make a sensible and well-rationed case for why such an underdog has a shot.
Remember that on the match winner market, you can put your money down before the toss, after the toss, or once the game is actually already under way.
Highest Six Over Total
The first six overs of the innings, also known as the Powerplay overs, are crucial in any match.
Get off to a flyer with quick runs and you’ve got every chance of winning it. But lose early wickets without finding the boundary and you’re up against it.
Betting on which side will have more runs on the board after six overs involves looking at how quickly the opening batsmen (and number three) tend to score and how tight the fielding team’s opening bowlers normally are. Good, accurate, varied bowling is very hard to get away while full tosses and legside deliveries are very easy to score boundaries off.
A combination of use of stats and gut instinct regarding the players is usually the best recipe to making your selection in this market.
This market also has the ‘tie’ runner in it, in case they end up on the exact score after six overs.
Cricketers will all tell you that ultimately it’s team efforts that matter but if there’s one thing that any player worth his salt loves, it’s picking up the man-of-the-match award.
There have been some outstanding individual performances in the T20 World Cup over the years. Shahid Afridi of Pakistan won a few MOMs in the early editions with his leg spin and big lower-order hitting, while Mike Hussey’s match-winning knock of 60 off 24 balls against Pakistan in the semis in 2010 will live long in the memory.
But those are nothing compared to the fact that Marlon Samuels was man-of-the-match in both World Cup finals he played in, first in 2012 and then in 2016.
Even more so than the top batsman market, there are always attractive odds on whichever player you fancy because all 22 men on the pitch have a chance of being man-of-the-match.
Even the best players of all like Virat Kohli or Ben Stokes tend to be available at odds of at least 7.0. Getting a couple of these right during a World Cup will surely leave you in clover.
T20 World Cup betting predictions & news
Finding a good value T20 World Cup betting prediction doesn’t magically happen with a click of the fingers.
It takes time to research such factors as head-to-head records, scoring rates, any bias towards batting or fielding first, coupled with an understanding of the abilities of the players on the pitch and how this translates to the betting arena. And that’s just the match winner market.
Thankfully, we’re happy to do all the heavy lifting and perform this research for you, in a bid to help you win money.
All you need to do is read our analysis, follow our tips and above all: remember to visit our site frequently, especially ahead of the biggest games.
We’ll also bring you all the latest news stories around the T20 World Cup so you have all your essential T20 Cricket World Cup info all in one place.
T20 World Cup teams 2021
There are 12 World Cup teams 2021 who will be contesting this edition and given that only one side- the West Indies- has only ever won this tournament more than once, you’d think everyone has a chance.
The strongest teams in the Cricket World Cup tend to be the best-balanced ones boasting match-winning options both in terms of batting and bowling with one or two game-changing all-rounders providing the magic spark.
But they also need capable captains, good in-game tactics and some handy fielders, among other things. Separating the wheat from the chaff is therefore essential in order to understand how a tournament might pan out, in particular when it comes to picking the eventual winner. Here’s what we briefly make of the teams.
The hosts are favorites and when they hosted the 2015 ODI World Cup, they made home advantage count by winning with something to spare.
There is no shortage of high-class players to count on but they’ll have to defy a poor record in this competition that has seen them make just one final in six appearances.
Beaten finalists last time out, they’ve since won the 2019 ODI World Cup and can count on many of those players who delivered that triumph in this format, as well. That includes Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, skipper Eoin Morgan and Adil Rashid.
Very strong in both batting and fielding, so they’ll be very dangerous and could add to their 2010 win.
The first-ever winners have endless experience of playing high-pressure T20 matches thanks to the IPL and any side with Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya in it deserves respect.
That said, they still have something of a suspect middle-order, while some feel that Kohli isn’t quite as tactically astute as some other skippers. But they have the players to go all the way.
Find full analysis of India’s 2021 team for betting tips and predictions.
The West Indies
They always appear to be in turmoil but let’s not forget, they’re the only two-time winners.
That’s because they have just the sort of fearless, explosive batters that win you games out of nowhere and perhaps no other country has more IPL-based players than them; so experience and quality will never be in short supply.
Everyone’s favourite ‘other’ team, they’re always good in the field and work beautifully as a team rather than as a bunch of individuals, which is all down to the captaincy of Kane Williamson.
But they’ll have to find a couple of new batsmen, especially one at the top of the order, if they’re to be really competitive this time around.
The Proteas have had a hard time at the T20 World Cup, not even making a final, and much will depend on the batting and captaincy of Quinton de Kock.
But Ngidi and Rabada form an excellent new-ball partnership and you know they’re always going to be sharp in the field. If AB de Villiers does come out of international retirement, they’ll be able to count on one of T20’s true superstars.
This isn’t a vintage team with only skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir really standing out. But it would be just like Pakistan to unearth a couple of demon fast bowlers out of nowhere and defy the odds to go on a good run.
Fielding is an issue as per usual but at least they have one of the stronger bowling line-ups, both in terms of pace and spin. Won it back in 2009.
They don’t have the strength in depth of other teams but they certainly have five or six guys who are gun players in this format, none more so than star bowler and captain Rashid Khan.
They’re always very spin-heavy but they will have to find some quicks who can back up the spinners by keeping things tight.
Top Betting tips for the T20 World Cup
If you want to know how to bet on the T20 World Cup online, you’ve come to the right place.
Not only do we have money-making T20 World Cup betting tips but we’ll also explain the rationale behind all of them and the factors that mean you’re getting good value for your money.
So in this regard, our T20 World Cup content is unique: you can either just follow the tips and end up in profit. Or you can also learn about the thought processes behind the bets so that you can apply the same research and techniques when betting on cricket for yourself in the future.
A betting education if ever we’ve seen one!
How to bet on the World Cup
All of our betting partners are focusing on India and the needs and wants of Indian customers so all of them have the T20 Cricket World Cup well covered. After all, that’s our big sport and this is one of the biggest events within it.
To get to T20 WC betting markets go to ‘cricket’ and then scroll to find the ‘2021 T20 World Cup’ or ‘ICC 2021 T20 World Cup’ as some sites call it.
Some of the outright markets will be available already, others will be added shortly and the matches themselves will also be live to bet on nearer the start of it.
Choose where to bet
With such a big tournament around the corner, there is no shortage of betting sites looking for your business. But which ones can you trust? Which have the best odds? Which have the most markets?
We’ve done all the research and have written down our findings of each of the best betting sites we’ve looked into, in an honest and transparent way. That means you don’t have to put in the hours or find out for yourself what each of them is all about.
You just need to read our in-depth and unbiased reviews and see which ones tick the most boxes in terms of what you personally are after.
One thing you can count on: if the likes of 10CRIC, LeoVegas or Betway are among our list of partners, it’s because they’ve already passed the test of being high-class betting sites.
Betting tips specific to the T20 WC
Some betting sites are happy to believe the hype, cut some corners and tip-up what is most likely to happen. But then again, we’re not just any old betting site.
Our thought processes go beyond considering the obvious and our knowledge is deep and discerning rather than just considering the top-line stuff that everyone else is already doing.
The result is that we’ll come up with some unusual tips and a few on obscure markets but we’ll always give you a good run for your money.
After all, winning a certain amount of money on which team will finish rock bottom or who will be top bowler for Afghanistan is worth the same as winning that same amount on who will win the whole tournament.
General tips for betting
Star players mostly concerned with their own stats don’t win you T20 World Cups. Teams who are the best-balanced, go to battle with the best gameplans but who are able to adapt them during the course of the game, are the ones to look out for.
It’s easy to favour the big hitters with the big bats but each game of cricket presents unique conditions and circumstances. So look out for the teams who can play different brands of cricket based on the factors on the day, rather than the one-dimensional sides who can only play one way.
Live betting on the T20 World Cup
From a betting perspective, the game doesn’t end at the toss or when the bowler is running in to bowl the first ball. Quite the opposite; that’s when it’s just beginning.
In addition to all the pre-match markets, all the betting sites we recommend also offer T20 World Cup live betting. If you already bet on the game pre-match, you don’t have to go anywhere because that’s exactly where the live betting markets will be.
Live betting allows you to bet during the game until the final runs are scored or the last wicket is taken. That applies not only to the match winner market but a few others like what the first innings total will be or who will be the team’s top batsman.
Advantages of live betting on the T20 World Cup
- You can still bet on a T20 World Cup match if you missed the chance to do so before it started.
- Gives you the chance to watch the action a bit before striking your bet. You can consider the wicket, the players’ performance (and body language) and whether it’s a high scoring game or one where it’s hard to score runs, before striking your wager.
- You can use your knowledge to gain an edge. For example, if you know the Windies are ace chasers but poor at batting first, you might want to side with them as outsiders chasing a decent total; but you may want to back the opposition if the Windies have to bat first.
Pakistan v South Africa 2009 World Cup- 1st semi-final.
When Pakistan batted first and posted ‘just’ 149 against an in-form South Africa, it didn’t look like much of a total. But to the cricket connoisseur, maybe it was better than it at first seemed. Maybe in terms of average scores at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, it was about par but it’s worth understanding team strengths and dynamics to see why Pakistan were a good bet as outsiders at the change of innings.
Pakistan aren’t a good chasing side at the best of times and they certainly weren’t back then. And neither were South Africa, however, since that infamous semi-final at the 1999 World Cup where they stole defeat from the jaws of victory, have had a reputation for choking in pressurised run chases.
So a somewhat nervous South African batting line-up were always going to be up against it facing a Pakistan bowling line-up containing ace pacers Mohammad Amir and Umar Gul and spin twins Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal. And so it proved, as Pakistan won by seven runs.
The lesson: work out which teams are stronger at batting or fielding first, assess the score on the board and decide whose shoes you’d rather be in at the break.
The three-wicket rule
Stats show that a side losing three or more wickets during the Powerplay overs lose the game about 90% of the time. It makes sense: not only are your best batsmen generally those at the top of the order which you’ve just got out but losing three wickets so quickly means that the middle-order is under huge pressure, knowing that the loss of one or more quick wickets and it’s virtually game over.
So it could pay to go with a big underdog using Live Betting. If at this T20 World Cup Afghanistan are available at a big price like 3.5 when they have India at 30/3 after six overs batting first, they could well be worth a bet.
Many will think that India will bounce back and win the game one way or another as the classier side but the stats suggest it’s unlikely; so don’t be afraid to go with the underdogs once you see that third wicket go down during the Powerplay overs.
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