Cricket is inarguably the most popular sport in India and enjoys unparalleled popularity among the masses. Cricket is also one of the most favorite sports of Indian punters. An estimate by a Qatar-based sports integrity organization suggests that close to $200 million are wagered on matches featuring India. As there are no legal bookmakers in India, and sports betting is illegal by law, almost all of this money flows into illegal betting markets.
Thankfully, Indians are now moving towards online betting, which is `technically legal´ in India, and much safer. Many online sportsbooks are now concentrating on India, and making it easier for Indians to bet by allowing them to use Indian rupees, as well as providing payment methods like UPI, Paytm, PhonePe, and Google Pay, which are popular in India. Some of the best cricket betting app makers like betway and bet365 are now available for download in India.
Those who are new to the world of online cricket betting may think that it would be very difficult to bet online. But in reality, it is extremely easy. Let’s see how you can bet online on cricket.
Selecting a good sportsbook
A simple search on the internet will help you find a huge number of sportsbooks that accept bets on cricket. You must however conduct proper research before zeroing in on a particular site. A good cricket betting site must hold a valid license from a reputed gaming authority, like the Malta Gaming Authority, UK Gambling Commission, or Curacao eGaming Authority. A licensed sportsbook means that your money is safe with them, and you will definitely get the returns as advertised.
Also, do proper research regarding the different cricket matches and tournaments that the site offers, as well as the number of betting markets it offers.
Some of the most popular sites for betting on cricket include betway, bet365, and 10cric.
Create an account
Once you have selected a site, you can now create an account with them. Creating an account hardly takes a few minutes, and is free. You will need to provide details like full name, date of birth, address, as well as contact details including phone number and email id.
Making a deposit
The next step will be to deposit some money in your website account, using which you can place your bets. As mentioned earlier, most popular betting sites now accept deposits in Indian rupees, which is extremely convenient for Indian players, as they do not need to convert their money to a foreign currency. Some of the most popular deposit methods include
- Google Pay
- Credit and debit cards
- Net banking
- International e-wallets like Neteller and Skrill
- Prepaid cards like AstroPay card
Understanding the odds
Online bookies allow players to choose their preferred way of displaying odds, including the decimal, American as well as fractional. You can browse through the available betting markets, and select which market you want to bet on. The odds may change with time, depending on how a match progresses.
Placing a bet
One of the biggest advantages of betting on cricket online is the huge variety of betting options. You can place pre-match bets as well as live or in-play bets.
Some of the most popular betting markets include outright winners, to win match, top batsman, top bowler, runs scored during the power play, mode of dismissal, man of the match, etc.
Select the type of bet you want to place, enter the stake amount and other relevant details to create your bet slip, and place your bet.
Online sportsbooks have made betting on cricket extremely simple, and you can place your bets at any time, and from anywhere. You can also create accounts on multiple betting sites to compare the odds and place bets on sites that give you maximum returns.