The cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starts on 13th February with the Kiwis facing Sri Lanka in Christchurch. A total of 14 teams will be taking part in the tournament and in truth, for many cricket fans, the tournament won’t really get going for more than a month, with the first quarter final taking place on the 18th March.
Whilst many players, fans and pundits dislike the format, which is designed to allow lesser nations, including the UAE, Afghanistan and Scotland, an opportunity to shine on the world stage, there is no doubt that we should see plenty of excitement. Big and enthusiastic antipodean crowds, great pitches and some mighty hitting look sure to be the order of the day and whilst picking at least seven of the quarter finalists looks very easy, there are sure to be some twists and turns along the way.
Australia are the clear favourites to claim an amazing fifth World Cup, but South Africa and New Zealand also have decent claims, whilst sides such as England, India, Sri Lanka and even Pakistan will know that just a few big performances in the knockout phase could put them in the mix.
If you fancy betting on the cricket World Cup then aside from the outright winner market and the individual game winners, betting on the top batsman or bowler in a given match are also great options. Betfred have come up with a potentially lucrative promotion that could mean you get paid at double the odds too, making it even more enticing.
If your top batsman/bowler bet wins, Betfred will double the odds (up to a maximum cash payout of £6,000!), as long as your batsman hits five or more sixes or your bowler takes five or more wickets. The extra cash is added to betting accounts within two days of the game ending and can be withdraw or used for further betting as you choose.
With the prevalence of T20 cricket and the power hitting it has engendered we would favour a bet on the top batsman, although bowlers such as Mitchell Johnson, Dale Steyn, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Starc should also have a great chance, especially against the non-Test nations, of getting five wicket hauls.
South Africa’s AB de Villiers recently hit 16 sixes in a single innings against the West Indies, whilst India’s Rohit Sharma has also achieved that number. Players such as David Warner, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle are also more than capable of blasting the required number of maximums too and, of course, any bowler taking five wickets or batsman hitting five or more sixes is in with a great chance of being the top performer. Just one big performance could double your odds so have a look at Betfred’s offer and then pick the player you think will play a starring role for his team.