IPL 2013 Preview – Betting Tips For The Event of The Year

It’s almost upon us already: On 3rd April the eagerly awaited 6th IPL will start, giving us another seven and and a half weeks of enthralling and exciting cricket, and a hell of a lot of online cricket betting opportunities.

As is always the case with the IPL, all the big names of world cricket will be there. We will again be treated to watching quality players such as Chris Gayle, Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga and new Indian Test batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan perform. The IPL never fails to deliver when it comes to giving us the biggest names in world cricket.

Some more notable big names that went under the hammer when the auction was held back in February were Aussies’ Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke. It was another Aussie who stole the headlines though, with all rounder Glenn Maxwell fetching an eye watering 1 Million US dollars, when he was snapped up by the Mumbai Indians.

If the online cricket betting odds are anything to go by, this years competition promises to be one of the closest ever as the bookmakers can hardly separate four of the franchises. Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils are all vying for favouritism.

The bookmakers don’t seem to be able to make up their minds at all on an outright favourite. All four of the franchises (listed above) are favourites with one bookie or another. And with Royal Challengers Bangalore not too far behind either – they are generally available at between 6.00 and 7.00 – it promises to be a very open competition.

 

Outright Winner of the IPL 6 – Betting Tips

 

Chennai Super Kings

Going for their third IPL title this year, Chennai are coached by widely renowned Kiwi, Stephen Fleming and captained by star man and Indian captain, MS Dhoni.

Stephen Fleming was regarded as one of the best tactical captains around when he was leading the New Zealand side in the early 2000’s. His cricketing brain and all round people skills means that Chennai are in a good safe pair of hands, and along with MS Dhoni’s limited overs know how, it’s not hard to see why they are one of the favourites.

Other star players to watch out for are Michael Hussey, Dwayne Bravo, Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina.

Chennai clearly know how to get over the winning line, which is probably why the bookies have them as one of the front runners to win the IPL, the Super Kings can be backed at 5.00 and 5.50.

 

Delhi Daredevils

The Daredevils will want to improve on last year’s performance when they got as far as the playoffs. They have never won this competition and looking at this year’s squad, I have to wonder will they ever be in a better position to lift the trophy?

They are led by the experienced Mahela Jayawardene and have a side riddled with big hitting batsmen. What bowling attack would look forward to bowling at David Warner, Jesse Ryder and Virender Sehwag?

The perennial under achievers, could this finally be their year? Delhi can be backed at a best price of 6.50 with most online bookmakers.

 

Kings XI Punjab

Coached by Darren Lehmann and captained by Aussie legend Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI are one of the tournament outsiders. They may have pulled off a master stroke by getting Lehmann, as he will relieve Gilchrist of his dual role of captain and coach (that he held last year), leaving him to concentrate on his batting and captaincy.

Lehmann also has valuable IPL experience having guided Deccan Chargers to the title in 2009, and if current form is to be taken into consideration – he has just guided Brisbane Heat to the Big Bash title.

Not the strongest looking squad on paper, but Lehmann could be their best signing. Key players to watch are T20 specialists David Hussey and Azhar Mahmood.

According to the bookies, the Kings XI are an outside bet and are available at 11.00 – 15.00.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata are the defending champions and are led by Indian batting star Gautam Gambhir. They are another franchise that boasts some of the big hitters in the world of T20. Some star batsmen to watch out for in this side are Brendon McCullum (current captain of New Zealand), Eoin Morgan and Jacques Kallis.

Add to that a bowling line up that consists of Brett Lee, James Pattinson and Sunil Narine, and it’s not hard to see why Kolkata are one of the favourites. And just for good measure and to complete the impressive looking line up on paper, they also have a couple of more than handy all-rounders in Yusuf Pathan and Ryan McLaren.

Kolkata are one of the favourites to win the IPL outright and are available at 5.00 and 5.50.

 

Mumbai Indians

Another of the strongest looking squads on paper, Mumbai are coached by the experienced John Wright.

The Mumbai Indians boast an exciting array of international talent such as former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting, big hitting Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga the slinger, the hit or miss Mitchell Johnson, limited overs specialist Jacob Oram and some what surprisingly Phil Hughes.

That’s not all, look at the home grown talent: to start with there is Sachin, then there is 50 Over World Cup winner Munaf Patel, 2007 World T20 Champion Rohit Sharma, Test cricketer Pragyan Ojha and the eccentric Harbhajan Singh; oh yes, and not forgetting new auction signing Glenn Maxwell.

The Mumbai Indians have never won the IPL, their best performance was finalist in 2010. I’m sure they will be expecting to go all the way with the unbelievable squad they have assembled this year.

In the betting to win the tournament, Mumbai are a best price of 6.00, so don’t take the 5.00 or 5.50 on offer with some bookmakers.

 

Pune Warriors India

This will be Pune’s third year in the IPL. In their two seasons to date they haven’t managed to get past the group stages. They will also be looking to improve on last season’s performance of finishing last in the table with only 4 wins from their 16 games.

Main players to watch include Steve Smith, Yuvraj, Wayne Parnell, Ross Taylor, Marlon Samuels, Luke Wright, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis and Michael Clarke (along with his back). Not the biggest names in world cricket, but some fine players there none the less.

The fact that they are regarded as one of the outsiders in the betting – available at around 9.00 to 13.00 – shows just how strong some of the other franchises are.

 

Rajasthan Royals

Another of the outsiders, available at a general 13.00 to 17.00, Rajasthan Royals are the first ever winners of the IPL back in 2008. They were regarded as one of the weakest teams in the competition back then as well, so underestimate them at your peril.

Back in 2008 they had the wisdom of Shane Warne leading the team though. Although there is no Warne these days, there is still a heavy Australian presence in the team with Bradley Hodge, Brad Hogg, James Faulkner, Shane Watson and Shaun Tait.

The team are led by the legend that is Rahul Dravid, despite winning in 2008, the team have struggled since and Dravid knows full well he has his work cut out just to be competitive this year given the quality of some of the other teams.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Another of the big hitting IPL squads, the Challengers boast arguably the world’s biggest name in limited overs cricket in Chris Gayle.

Bangalore are one of the original members of the IPL. They have twice been runners up and have one third place finish in the tournament to date.

They have invested heavily in their squad to try and gain their first IPL title. As well as having Chris Gayle, they also can call on the talents of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Zaheer Khan, Cheteshwar Pujara and spin king Muttiah Muralitharan.

The Challengers are the 5th favourites to win the competition at odds of between 5.50 – 7.00.


Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Sunrisers were created late in 2012 and are a direct replacement for the Deccan Chargers who were kicked out of the IPL last September for contractual reasons.

The Sunrisers are owned by the Sun TV Network, hence their name, and they will be led into their inaugural IPL by the experienced duo of Tom Moody (coach) and Kumar Sangakkara (captain).

In the eyes of the bookmakers the Sunrisers are the tournament outsiders. They don’t have the strongest looking squad on paper, but can still call on the world’s premier fast bowler in Dale Steyn. Other notable names to look out for are Ishant Sharma, Darren Sammy, and Cameron White.

Online Betting Odds for the Sunrisers is 13.00 – 17.00.

 

Conclusion

So that’s your 9 teams who will fight it out for the 6th IPL title. Given the organizations and rosters given for the teams, in combination with the odds that is offered at the bookmakers, we feel that the Mumbai Indians at 5.50 or higher odds provides good value. They have really gotten a good signing in Maxwell, and really trying to make a run for it this year. If you want to try a more longshot bet as well, backing the Kings XI Punjab at 15.00 odds could prove to be fruitful if their coach Darren Lehmann can get the ship to the right course, but remember this is just that – a long shot.

 

Players Market of the IPL 6 – Betting Tips

 

Top Batsman Betting Tips – Orange Cap winner

Moving on to the player markets and of the batsmen to keep an eye on, obviously the stand out man is Chris Gayle. Gayle just excels when it comes to T20 cricket. He was the Orange Cap (most runs) winner for the last two years running. He hit an astonishing 59 Sixes last year, following on from the 44 Sixes he hit in the 2011 IPL.

Gayle is also a current World T20 champion after lifting the title last October with the West Indies. At the moment he is streets ahead in the online cricket betting to retain his Orange Cap. He is currently 4.00, with his closest rivals coming in at 17.00.

Generally the openers will be the fancied batsmen in the top run scoring stakes, as they are always guaranteed a bat. That’s why there is a bit of value in looking down the list and finding a bigger price on a big hitter. The likes of David Warner, Virender Sehwag and Gayle are always going to be short prices, so looking further a field for some value could be the key here.

 

Top Bowlers Betting Tips – Purple Cap winner

On to the bowling, and as T20 cricket is such a batsman dominated format, it’s hard to know where to look when it comes to picking out a bowler to back. It’s a bit of a lottery really.

Last year saw Morne Morkel win the Purple Cap for taking the most wickets. Morkel topped the list with 25 wickets, he was closely followed by Sunil Narine with 24 wickets, and Lasith Malinga came third with 22 wickets.

That’s two fast bowlers in the top two, both of whom open the bowling. They are separated by spin bowler Sunil Narine though (another West Indian World T20 Champion), showing that variation can be effective.

Death bowlers are probably more likely to pick up wickets while the last ditch slog is on, so it’s worth doing some research and looking into who usually bowls the final overs of the innings.

Lasith Malinga (6.00 to win the Purple Cap) always bowls at the death, so expect him to be in the mix. I also expect Sunil Narine (9.00) to be a Purple Cap contender. He took the IPL by storm last year and at times was unplayable.

 

On top of outright winner betting, top batsman and top bowlers betting, there are hundreds of betting opportunities available during the IPL. There is a mammoth 76 matches to be played in total, so that’s potentially a lot of online cricket betting to come.

I hope everyone enjoys the tournament and hopefully wins lot of money on it! 🙂