Cricket is known throughout the online betting world for its high number of proposition (prop) bets. A proposition bet is a wager that is made on some random occurrence or statistic within a cricket game, but is not vital to the final outcome. Since cricket matches normally see hundreds of runs scored and lots of other statistics, it is understandable why so many prop bets are offered.
Cricket proposition bets are not always offered in smaller or less watched games because there are not enough punters to justify making prop bet lines. However, there are always several cricket bet sites willing to offer cricket prop bets on the biggest matches, such as contests in the Cricket World Cup.
Examples of Cricket Prop Bets:
– How many runs will be scored in the match?
– Who will be the top bowler?
– What day will the test match end?
– Who will be the first player dismissed?
– What team will lead after the first inning?
– How many runs will both teams’ opening partnership combine for?
– Which team’s opening partnership will score the most runs?
– Who will be the match’s top batsman?
The two most common ways of displaying proposition bets include cricket over/under betting and the money line.
Money Line Cricket Prop Bets
The following shows what a money line cricket proposition bet would look like for “What team will lead after the first inning?”
If you bet £10 on England leading after the first inning, you would win £7 in profit (£17 – £10) plus your original wager of £10 back. Likewise, if you bet £10 on India, you would receive £23 total back assuming they won.
Over/Under Cricket Prop Bets
Here is an example of an over/under cricket proposition bet involving “How many runs will both teams’ opening partnership combine for?”
No matter whether you bet the over or under in this instance, you would still be earning £0.90 in profit (£1.90 – £1) for every £1 wagered. While the over/under is not as common with lines involving entire match results, you will be dealing with a lot of over/under lines in cricket prop betting.
Cricket Prop Betting Tips
Do your Research – The biggest mistake made in cricket prop betting occurs when casual fans make prop bets without knowing much about the actual statistics. This usually happens because the fan is watching a big cricket match with their mates, and they want to join in the betting action by selecting a fun-looking wager. Unfortunately, cricket prop bets are the last thing you want to be betting on if you do not know enough about the players and the match.
If you are going to make an informed prop bet, you should know quite a bit about the player/team you are betting on – especially their past performances. For example, if you are going to wager on who the match’s top batsman will be, you need to know how the top two or three batsmen on each team have performed against the opponent’s bowlers/fielders.
Avoid making Too Many Prop Bets – Expanding on the first point, you should never make too many proposition bets in a single cricket match because of the amount of time needed to research everything. For example, if you make five or six cricket preposition bets within a single match, you will have to spend hours just to make informed decisions on each wager. On the other hand, if you stick to one or two cricket prop bets, you have a much better chance to thoroughly research the wagers and make a good choice.
Practice Bankroll Management – Since proposition bets are only offered by online sportsbooks for big matches, there is always the temptation to make big prop wagers, or too many of them like in the aforementioned tip. But the problem with this is that you can put a huge dent in your cricket betting bankroll with expensive prop bets. A good rule for cricket proposition bets is to never wager more than 5% of your bankroll on a single wager. Going further, you should limit the amount of prop bets to 1-2 so you do not risk too much money.