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SuperSport is a South Africa-based group of television channels carried on the DStv satellite & GOtv platforms. It streams sports content in South Africa, Nigeria and many other African countries.

The channel broadcasts most of the major sporting events and leagues of association football, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf, motorsport, cycling, boxing, wrestling, hockey, athletics. It was formerly the world’s largest broadcaster of live rugby and cricket (having been overtaken by Sky Sports), and also the world’s second largest Premier League broadcaster, broadcasting matches live and, where possible, in HD through the Premier League’s Content Service.

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A Cricketer has Broken the Top 5 Most Followed Athletes on Instagram and Continues to Add Followers

Athletes have found that they can make great use of online social media platforms to not only stay connected to their fans, but also grow their worth as a so-called influencer. While not all of the best athletes in the world have a public Instagram account that they update regularly, many of the biggest names are reaping the benefits of such a presence.

For several years, the ranks of the most popular athletes on Instagram have been dominated by soccer players and one celebrity basketball player. In just a couple of years, though, a megastar cricketer has broken through in style, and continues to grow their following, as do their compatriots. So, who is this social media sensation, and could they eventually close in on the big three?

India’s presence being felt on Instagram

India has rapidly become the second-largest internet-using nation in the world, with an ever-growing count of well over 650 million users across the subcontinent. As mobile connections continue to grow, that number will climb closer to the nation’s staggering population, 1.36 billion, as will the number of social media users. As you can see on India Today, there were already 210 million Indian Instagram users as of February 2021.

As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of these Indian Instagram users have flocked to the biggest star of the most popular sport in the country. Of course, he has several followers from outside of his home nation and is active enough to warrant a strong following, but it’s his native backing that’s surged the following of Virat Kohli. National team captain, master of all formats, and ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade, Kohli more than deserves such a colossal following.

Recently, Kohli broke into the top-20 of all Instagram accounts, with his growing 137 million followers swiftly closing in on the 138 million of Miley Cyrus. His biggest gain, however, came almost a year ago, though, when he muscled past one of American basketball’s biggest names, LeBron James, who remains in fifth among athletes with 91.6 million. Furthermore, in this report from Open Dorse, it’s been seen that other Indian cricketers are on the rise, namely MS Dhoni (34.1 million), Sachin Tendulkar (30 million), and Hardik Pandya (18.9 million).

Can Kohli topple the big three?

The greatest debate in world soccer for over a decade has a clear winner in the Instagram followers war. While the two already-legendary players are in line to win convincingly with their teams on the opening day of the season when you bet on football at Space Casino, Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear winner on Instagram. Once again, though, they tussle in the first and second spots.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not only the most-followed athlete on the platform but also the most-followed human account – only trumped by the official Instagram account. His 315.5 million followers dwarf that of Lionel Messi’s 233.6 million. That said, the Argentine megastar claimed one of his counterpart’s records, per ESPN, with the most-liked sports photo that grabbed 20 million likes, beating Ronaldo’s best of 19.8 million.

Standing between the two biggest names in the most popular sport in the world and Virat Kohli is Brazilian star Neymar Jr., who boasts a firm 155 million followers. Given the rate at which Kohli is accumulating followers, there’s a good chance that he’ll surpass the heir apparent to Messi and Ronaldo in a matter of years. However, amassing some 161 million followers, at least, would be a tall order, even for a star like Kohli.

Kohli’s superstardom is only becoming more apparent with his massive army of Instagram followers, and with more Indians joining the online community every day, he could well close in on the big three soccer stars soon.

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How Cricket is Becoming More Mainstream

Cricket is one of the oldest of the still-existing sports and certainly boasts one of the most global reaches of them all. Clocking in just behind football, the game is played and followed from the UK to Australia, up to India, down to South Africa, and over to the Caribbean. Now, there are even more nations working their way into the ICC’s good books, qualifying for international competition across the formats.

Still, cricket has plenty of room to grow, especially below the international level, and it seems to be doing just that. Thanks to a combination of large sporting nations taking to the crease as well as some pop-culture revelations, cricket is picking up steam once again, particularly in its shorter forms.

Big stage entertainment and breaking new ground

Perhaps one of the most significant recent breakthroughs for the sport of cricket has been finding players to the west of the West Indies. As with football, the US has famously had a distinct aversion to cricket, but now, both of them are picking up speed in the colossal sports market. There’s said to be some 30 million cricket fans in the US, encouraged by people from India and the Caribbean coming over.

Certainly helping the sport is the quality of its showpiece events. The 2017 Women’s World Cup reached a nail-biting finish conclusion, with a record 180 million people plus watching around the world. Then, the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup set its own record, gaining an average live cumulative audience of 1.6 billion.

Cricket’s growing into pop culture

With more global interest than ever, people are seeking more ways to engage with the sport, and they’re finding it just about everywhere. In fact, as detailed by the Cricket Star Slots review, even non-cricket fans find it hard to resist the atmosphere of the stadium and its fans within the game. The festive atmosphere that now comes with short-form cricket has made it all the more accessibly exciting, lending it to mainstream pop culture.

In nations like India and Australia, the big-money short-form contests of the IPL and Big Bash have forged an even greater celebrity status of the stars of the show. Those that show explosive batting, bowling, and big personalities win over the supercharged crowds. This year, a new form of cricket billed as being even more accessible to the mainstream, The Hundred, will arrive and promises to be an unforgettable experience.

On top of this, many celebrities have been spotted at matches and openly talk about their love of the sport. The likes of Usain Bolt, Stephen Fry, Hugh Jackman, Elton John, Shahrukh Khan, Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Wahlberg, and Michael Palin are included in the famous cricket fan group. In fact, Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman hit the headlines by donating a kit to a struggling cricket side.

Now, with more interest than ever in cricket, figureheads are doing the right thing by leaning on the format proving to be the most accessible and immediately gratifying to fans. Test cricket still has its place and showcases the ultimate test that the sport can offer, but one-day and T20 cricket is undisputedly easy to grasp and get behind. Seeing batsmen hit for the big scores or have their wickets snap apart offer the highest points of the game, which come thicker and faster in short form.

Cricket’s already a huge global sport, but it’s certainly picking up speed again, thanks to it clearing new boundaries and becoming even more accessible.

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T20 World Cup Moved to the Middle East This Fall

The ICC have moved the already delayed Men’s T20 World Cup from India to the Middle East. Originally scheduled for Australia last fall, the new host countries are Gulf states Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

In a way, it is only fitting that the UAE takes on the T20 international tournament as it starts just two days after the revised date for the IPL final takes place out there. The T20 World Cup begins on October 17 with the final taking place on November 14.

Cricket venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Muscat in neighboring Oman will be used but hosting rights remain with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Despite the switch in location, the format of the tournament finals is expected to remain as planned.

That means a preliminary round robin group stage featuring eight nations. This pool will include the six teams that went through qualifying, which ironically includes Oman. Scotland, Ireland, Namibia, the Netherlands, and Papua New Guinea also booked their spots at the T20 World Cup finals through the 2019 qualifiers held in the UAE.

Joining them are the lowest-ranked of the top 10 T20 cricketing countries in the rankings from then; Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The top four from this group will then advance to the Super 12s stage. From those, the top four then have playoffs to determine who reaches the T20 World Cup final.

India Favorites In Spite of Switch

Despite the tournament moving locations once again, it’s all the usual suspects who are fancied to go out to the Middle East and win it. The current ICC Men’s T20 international rankings don’t quite reflect the market. England are top of those, yet it is nominal hosts India who are the 11/4 favorites in the cricket odds available with Betway as of July 2.

When you consider that the IPL is the premier T20 franchise competition, and players from all over the world come to compete in it, this explains why oddsmakers take the stance they do. Australia have their own limited overs league in the Big Bash too, which is also well subscribed in terms of overseas players.

These cricket-mad countries may have the T20 World Cup between them, especially as New Zealand’s own best exploits have recently culminated in them winning the inaugural World Test Championship against India. Top players do make seamless transitions between different forms of cricket, but limited overs and short formats are very much in vogue with The Hundred launching in England this summer.

Much of the game is also geared around T20 out in the West Indies thanks to the Caribbean Premier League. Although not as established as the Big Bash or IPL, this competition has certainly helped the Windies on the international stage. They come into this tournament as holders of the T20 World Cup, having beaten England by four wickets in the final five years ago with just two balls to spare.

Pakistan Could Be Ones to Watch

The one nation that may be overpriced for the tournament finals is Pakistan, and there are three reasons why they may outperform their double-figure odds. First, they sit fourth in the world for T20 right now, surprisingly above Australia. A blanket of just five rating points covers Pakistan, New Zealand, and the Aussies. So, who the best of the rest, behind the top two England and India, turns out to be is seemingly fluid at the moment.

What is not in doubt is that Pakistan have the most ranking points. This could be because they’ve played (30) and won the most matches in the period that their rating is based on. Second, of all the competing cricket countries playing at the T20 World Cup finals, Pakistan have the most experience of conditions in the Middle East.

For many years when it was felt holding cricket internationals in Pakistan wasn’t a good idea, they made the UAE their home. Senior players in their setup will still well remember that and can help younger names on the roster at the tournament. Finally, the Pakistan Super League is starting to take off.

While it is always going to be in the shadow of neighboring India’s IPL, which is the original T20 franchise competition, there is growing international interest in playing for a PSL team. These are based in big cities within Pakistan like Karachi and Lahore. The PSL is also smaller in scope than the IPL with just six competing franchises, which makes the event shorter and less of a commitment for overseas players.

Pakistan’s current T20 international ranking may reflect the progress six years of the PSL has helped their own domestic cricketers make in limited overs action. The T20 World Cup finals should provide more excitement when the tournament rocks the Middle East this fall.

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Cricket: the main types of betting on a national sport and factors for a successful prediction

Each country has certain types of sports games that are treated with special respect. In Great Britain, such a game is cricket. This is not just one of the sports, but a national treasure, which has a whole system of values ​​and principles of sports ethics.

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According to historians, the origin of the game took place in the 16th century. It was first played by the shepherds. They had fun rolling a ball made of sheep’s wool and rags, using a curved stick that locked the gate of the pasture. According to legend, the game became so popular that it was necessary to fine the enthusiastic players who skipped the church for the sake of cricket.

Cricket nowadays is not only a noble game full of centuries-old traditions, but also a multi-billion dollar business in Asia, Australia and neighboring countries, and, of course, in Britain. It is not surprising that not only large national betting operators but also newcomers to the industry, such as Betting Company Betika, whose review is presented on a specialized resource https://bookmaker-ratings.com/review/betika-com-bookmaker-review/, are trying to present all important cricket events in the line.

Let’s consider the main types of bets:

 on the outcome: there’s one type of match, where all three results are plausible. Follow the results of test games, where the draw is may happen;

  • double chance: sums up two outcomes of the game. For example, one of the teams won’t lose and no draw in the game;
  • handicap: predicts the team’s advantage or the number of runs, more than which the team will not concede;
  • totals: a wager on the amount of runs in a whole game match or its part;
  • player statistics: bets on personal achievements of players, from the number of runs or 6-point hits to the assignment of various titles;
  • game statistics: wager on different stats and secondary events; 
  • first innings: the most attractive option for some in long games. Usually, it takes time to know the outcome, but this bet might be the fastest one.
  • the draw: refers to the simplest predictions, since the odds of choosing the right one are fifty per cent.

Experienced bettors can easily find valuable odds in the bookmaker’s line. The key to the success of the predictions is the correct approach to the analysis of the match. There are five primary factors to analyse when picking a cricket bet:

 Draw results. The attack queue can have a big impact on the outcome of a cricket match. It is determined by tossing a coin. The team that attacks first has more possibilities to take the lead in the match.

  1. Weather. Cricket is very reliant on surface states. The weather may influence the span of the test match, as cricket never played in the rain. Therefore, bettors should familiarize themselves with the weather forecast before betting on this sport.
  2. Field factor. The pitch sheet varies at several stadiums and many locations. It can be either an earthen surface or a short or long lawn, depending on the degree of maintenance and the season. Give consideration to the place where the game is planned. Low or high humidity and thin mountain air can affect the outcome. Also, pay attention to teams that perform better at home.
  3. Form of teams and players. As in any other sport, the outcome of the game in cricket is significantly influenced by the form of the team in which it approaches a certain match. While gambling on the stats of specific athletes, consider the form of the player to the circumstances of the match. You can show a good level not only on your favourite pitch but also if the pitch is inconvenient for your opponent. After all, two teams play on the field, and each has its characteristics in attack and defence.
  4. Live games provide better bets. Cricket is one of the few sports whose fans prefer live betting. Because games last for several days, the line is rich with great deals.

It is important to summarize all the facts and closely monitor the clash every day. Better awareness highly increases the chances of a successful prediction in this unique game in which opponents fight for a symbolic trophy in the form of an ashtray.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Formats of Cricket and the International Game

Cricket is one of the oldest sports in the world, crossing continents and drawing billions of viewers to its many formats and competitions. Over the last 50 years, the traditional form of the sport has evolved into other iterations of play, bringing out different qualities in the athletes that compete on the field.

While this does diversify the sport and create a form of entertainment that can appeal to a broader audience and variety of preferences, it can become confusing to newcomers and even those who know the sport well but have generally stuck to one format. Even this year, another new form of cricket looks to break into the mainstream and could potentially make it to the international ranks.

So, here’s what you need to know about each form of cricket and the colossal international competitions that draw in fans from around the world.

The four forms of professional cricket

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The only place to start when discussing the forms of cricket is Test cricket. The original form of the game has been played since 1877, with it being refined to a five-day set with two innings for each team. Due to the length of the game and how trying it is physically and mentally on both teams, Test cricket is still considered to be the pinnacle of the sport.

Tests begin with a coin flip to decide who will bat first. The first batting team tries to set a high run score before the attacking team can bowl out ten wickets or the defenders declare. Then, the two sides will swap, with those who bowled and fielded first coming in to bat. They need to chase that run score set and try to exceed it, with their ten wickets marking the end of the first innings. After this, a second innings is played, with it all needing to take place within a set five-day window.

Test cricket is now also referred to as ‘long-form cricket’ because, since the 1970s, a shorter form of the game has risen to prominence. In 1971, one-day cricket began, with each team having a limited number of overs that could be bowled, with the cap set at 50 for each team. So, the batsmen only have a maximum of 300 balls to strike runs off of – excluding wides and fouls – and the bowling side only has 300 balls to get ten wickets.

The 50-overs format added more urgency to the game, revamping a stamina and concentration-driven sport to one where speed, technique, and flair could shine. Stalwart Test players still had a home in one-day cricket, but it also opened the door to those who were technically gifted, but perhaps not as capable of doing a five-day stint.

In 2007, the shortest currently internationally recognized form of cricket began, with Twenty20 (T20) putting even more emphasis on high-scoring batsmen and aggressive bowlers. It proved to be a tremendous hit, and now, an even shorter domestic competition looks to take root. The Hundred gives each team 100 balls to score off of, which equates to just over 16 standard overs.

International competitions drive the sport

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As popular and money-infused as many of the domestic leagues have become, particularly in the case of the Indian Premier League, the sport greatly revolves around the international calendar. In a sport like football, international contests are spread out over a four-year cycle, being somewhat complementary to the domestic game. In cricket, internationals supersede the domestic games, often taking place at the same time.

Prestige drives cricket, and now there are three official and highly-respected World Cup tournaments to cover each form of the sport. They drive fans, engagement, and cricket bettors who attempt to predict game and tournament winners. Regardless of the form of cricket in play, the tips for using Cricket betting sites remain consistent throughout. The top cricket betting tips invariably include checking the weather forecast, waiting for the result of the toss, and reviewing the line-ups. That said, finding the best odds is also top of the agenda.

It’s these international contests that draw in the huge crowds of fans, with the oldest form of cricket only recently adopting a proper world cup format. Once predominantly contested in ICC rankings, there’s now the ICC World Test Championship, which takes place over a two-year window and concludes its inaugural contest in 2021. That said, one of the most raved-about Test competitions is still The Ashes, which sees England and Australia battle each other every couple of years.

The short forms of cricket lend themselves more naturally to the world cup format, with games wrapping up within a day each. The first is the Cricket World Cup, the one-day form of the game contest by the top short-form cricket nations in the world. It started in 1975 in England, but it took until the most recent edition for England to win the tournament. There’s also the T20 World Cup, which started in 2007 as an even more high-impact addition to the international calendar.

If The Hundred proves to be a success over the next couple of years, it could also join the recognised ranks of international cricket formats. For now, there are three mainstream forms and three major prestigious international titles to win, with many other rivalry trophies and domestic tournaments taking place, too.

 

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Cricket Stars and Their NBA Equivalents

The worlds of cricket and basketball may seem very far removed, but there are plenty of similarities if we look closely enough. For example, some of the top cricketers can be compared to equivalents in the NBA for one reason or another.

The Intimidating Star Who Plays Aggressively – Chris Gayle and Russell Westbrook

Both of these players are tall and powerful, using their strength and agility to overpower rivals with ease at times. They are both known for an aggressive, driven approach too, with fans and team-mates often turning to them when some inspiration is needed.

Chris Gayle is from Jamaica and is the most capped West Indies player in their history. He has smashed his way to some incredible batting records over the years, such as being the first batsman to hit a 6 from the first ball of a Test. He has also stormed to history in the Twenty20 format, where he scored the first ever century and currently has the most number of runs.

As for Russell Westbrook, this point guard from California currently plays for the Washington Wizards. His intense, athletic style of play means that he is often the one driving his team on at crucial moments when others are tired or losing the faith. He has set numerous scoring records since joining the NBA in the 2008 draft.

The Precise Shooter/Bowler – Jasprit Bumrah and Stephen Curry

Being able to shoot precisely is crucial in basketball, as the top players are expected to make tough shots consistently and even under intense pressure. In cricket, the ability to bowl with unerring accuracy time and time again is a huge attribute too.

The title of the world’s best, most accurate bowler is up for discussion. In the past, Glenn McGrath was renowned for his outstanding consistency but in the modern game, Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is possibly the top name. With his deliveries regularly reaching 150mph, the accuracy he achieves is almost unbelievable, earning 48 wickets in his first year playing test matches.

In the NBA, no one shoots better than Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors point guard has gained a huge reputation for placing the ball exactly where he wants it to go. This has led to him having the highest free throw percentage in the history of the NBA, at an incredible 90.6%. He has averaged 23.5 points in NBA games since turning pro in 2009.

The Most Versatile Player – LeBron James and AB De Villiers

Every successful team needs a versatile player who can carry out just about any role to a high standard. This is the type of star who doesn’t look out of place playing in any position and in any type of game.

While many cricketers take on different roles, such as batting and bowling, AB de Villiers has regularly been called the most versatile player in the sport. He started as a wicketkeeper and batsman before settling into his primary role as a middle-order batsman. The South African retired this year after an extraordinary career where he had a batting average of over 63 in World Cups and became famed for his unorthodox shots that no one else would even try.

LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player in the world right now. He is most often seen as a small forward or power forward, although he has also played in other positions during his career. James’ playing style has a uniqueness to it, as he is one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history as well as being an outstanding passer and terrific at defending too.

There you have it, some similarities between the worlds of cricket and NBA. If you want to know more about basketball, head on to Twinspires Edge where you can find some interesting facts like the shortest players in the history of the league.

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Top 4 Fastest International Bowlers Ever

Fast bowling, much like wrist spin, is becoming something of a lost art on cricket’s elite stage, as men with myriad change-ups and cross seam deliveries are preferred to genuine pace bowlers in so many forms of the game.

Of course, there are some exceptions, with the likes of Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah bucking the trend. Here we take a look at some of the legends of pace bowling, who the new breed of fast men look up to.

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All of these bowlers had batsmen around the world scrambling to get off strike as fast as they could

Shoaib Akhtar – Rawalpindi Express

Pakistan has always been known for having a fearsome pace attack with Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram forming one of the deadliest bowling partnerships the sport has ever seen, that made betting tipsters wary of ever backing against them.

However, whereas their calling card was quick bowling combined with wicked swing, Shoaib Akhtar focused on the sort of pace that struck fear into the hearts of batsmen – trembling in their boots down the other end of the pitch – as well as sports bettors who dared wager against the Rawalpindi Express.

He regularly clocked in deliveries that came close to breaking the 100mph mark, culminating in him bowling the fastest delivery ever in the 2003 World Cup against England. This is the sort of pace that cricket fans will be hoping to see at the 2023 version of the ODI World Cup, as they look for new bowlers to back with their sports free bets and bonuses.

Brett Lee – Batsmen Given no Leeway

For years Brett Lee steamed to the crease for Australia, having memorable battles with men like Andrew Flintoff, who recognised Lee’s never-say-die attitude.

The fastest delivery he ever clocked was just 0.2kmph shy of the world record held by Shoaib Akhtar.

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Few batsmen dared come down the pitch to these fearsome pace men

Shaun Tait – Injuries Held Him Back

From one pacey Aussie to another, and Shaun Tait, whose wild action and lightning quick runup earned him the moniker of, Wild Thing.

Unfortunately, the Wild Thing’s bowling career was cut short by injuries, with a dodgy elbow eventually forcing him to call time on his bowling exploits. Thankfully he is still heavily involved in the game.

Jeff Thomson – Blast from the Past

There is a general feeling in the game that cricketers who operated prior to the 1990s and 2000s were somehow not as dedicated to the sport when it came to training, and that this had a knock-on effect on the pace of delivery they could muster.

Jeff Thomson showed this to be entirely unfounded, as he regularly clocked deliveries of well in excess of 160kmph throughout the 70s and 80s.

TOP FIVE Best ENGLAND CRICKETERS

TOP FIVE BEST ENGLAND CRICKETERS

With more than 140 year of rich international cricket history for the all-white team, England has certainly made their mark in the cricket world. The England cricket team has played more than 1890 matches across all three formats of the game. Only Australia have made more appearances than the English team with over 1900 games under their belt.

More so, the ability to shift the momentum of the game as well as the capacity to perform against the best among the rest are given higher value in any sport rating and the best English cricketers ranking is not immune to this. Defining performances in the series as well as game-changing contributions in ICC tournaments are equally considered to hold greater significance.

However, with the next cricket world cup coming up so fast in 2023, the England team will hoping that the like of Joe Root could be at their game come 2023 for their chance to upscale the India who is touted by odds calculated as the favorite at 3.40 odd and the England is rightly behind at 4.00 odd.

Moreover, with exquisite attribute of the England captain as he guided his team to 2019 world cup triumph on their turf and as much eye are onto him do the magic again come 2023, the England skipper has certainly lived to be among the best in the rich history of the England’s cricket but here are the top five best cricket player that ever played for the England’s cricket national team.

Sydney Barnes

Sydney Barnes

The record books describe him as a canny cricketer who whipped up a deadly concoction of swinging deliveries and spinning balls. While the Englishman set the trend for future cricketers and majorly the bowlers absolute use of the new ball and landing the hard cherry on its seam.

However, opposing the perception of the moder day cricket devotees, Barnes’ wickets did not come against amateur batting lineups, while South Africa and Australia were the only opponents on international level.

More so, while Australia had already established a culture of producing technically strong batsmen, South Africa contained the likes of Aubrey Faulkner and Dave Nourse among others.

However, many argue the legitimacy of the Smethwick Cricket Club bowler as one of the legends in the game but his impact for the England cannot be overly emphasized and if one goes by the stat alone, Barnes has a legitimate claim to be the most lethal bowler of all-time. Among all bowlers in Test history with at least 150 wickets, his average of 16.43.

Sir Len Hutton

Sir Len Hutton

For someone that needed multiple bone graft to find a solution to a fracture sustained in a grueling training session, just four years after he made his international debut at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Moreover, the England first professional test captain had to dug deep in his mental reservoir to completely remolded his game to suit his physical disadvantage and despite his altered technique, the former Yorkshire County Cricket Club opening batsman picked himself up from where he left off and continued to score runs aplenty against different types of bowlers in the game and while he was able to occupy the crease for long period in his career, the veteran batsman also enthrall the spectators with his captivating stroke-play and exquisite run accumulator but the regal batman had 6971 runs from 79 matches at an average of 56.67 with 19 centuries and 33 fifties within his 18 years that his career span

Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham

Alongside some fellow superstars like Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Ian Botham was one of the treasured cricketers in the 1980s.

While his batting was explosive and often game-changing, the right-armer’s aura and sharp intellect helped the ever-charismatic opening batman pick up heaps of wickets in his prime. However, without a shred of doubt, Sir Ian Botham remains the most charismatic cricketer to play for England.

More so, at the helm of his career, Botham was the center of attention of all eyes. While it was occasionally manifestation for a cricketer to triggered such outpourings of euphoria in England. But, the Jubilee Test in Bombay and the 1981 Ashes have become a part of cricket folklore for the single-handed dominance of the spectacle all-rounder.

While his 5000-plus Test runs were scored at an amazing strike-rate of 60.71, his 383 wickets were also the most by any bowler from his country until James Anderson usurped the record. Even though he declined rapidly in the latter part of his career, Botham still managed to pick up 16 wickets in the 1992 World Cup and played a key role in England reaching the final of the tourney.

The astonishing magician had 383 wickets from 102 matches at an average of 28.40 and strike-rate of 56.9 with 27 five-wicket hauls and four ten-wicket hauls; 5200 runs at an average of 33.54 and strike-rate of 60.71 with 14 centuries and 22 fifties in the test series and 145 wickets from 116 matches at an average of 28.54 and rate of 3.96; 2113 runs at an average of 23.21 and strike-rate of 79.10 with nine fifties at ODI’s. Truly the former star man was a blessing to the game.

Fred Trueman

Fred Trueman

Right from his debut moment, all spectators in the stadium were aware that a freak of nature had arrived. From the moment he set foot in Test cricket, Fred Trueman terrorized numerous batsmen with his hostile pace and unplayable movement.

Steaming in from a lack of energetic run-up, Trueman’s smooth action and unyielding will enabled him to consume the fast-bowling scene in the 50’s. In his show of magnificent, Fred was the dream pacer.

Despite gaining the ability to generate extravagant swing, the Englishman never sacrificed on his biggest asset. Even as age began to take its toll in his later years, Trueman continued to bowl at fearsome pace and motored to the then-unprecedented landmark of 300 Test wickets.

With 307 wickets from 67 matches at an average of 21.57 and strike-rate of 49.4 with 17 five-wicket hauls and three ten-wicket hauls in his participating test series, Fred Trueman was a true legend in the game and not just for the England team only.

Sir Jack Hobbs

Sir Jack Hobbs

If it wasn’t for the World War-1 that robbed the true legend of the game off his peak years, Jack Hobbs could have added more stint of a stat to the resounding number he pulls throughout his career in which amount to staggering 5410 runs and while he was unparalleled in his importance to England’s sporting history which was vindicated in 1953 when he became the first professional cricketer to receive a knighthood.

Sir Jack is affectionately revered as ‘The Master’, Hobbs’ dominance encompassed every level of the game, forming cricket’s one of the most storied opening partnership with another test great, Hobbs embodied himself as a defensive wall at the top of the order and consequently left an untrickable footprint in the annals of the sport.

No batsman has come close to his phenomenal collection of 61760 runs and 199 centuries from a humongous 834 first-class matches. His legacy of the self-made genius in his unswerving dedication and unbridled love for cricket can forever be storied in such a career that span through 1980 till 1930 and a quality numbers in test series that includes 5410 runs from 61 matches at an average of 56.94 with 15 centuries and 28 fifties.

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Cricketers Who Became Music Stars

The modern cricket player is expected to be so much more than just a good bowler, batsman, or fielder. Television networks and live crowds clamour after personalities such as Chris Gayle who are as entertaining to watch as they are effective out on the field of play.

This had led to many top cricketers diversifying into industries outside of sport, especially when they call time on their career and go in search of fresh challenges.

Music is just one avenue that several famous cricketers of past and present have turned to, some with favourable results and others that turned out to be total car crashes. Here we present a mixture of both.

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All of these cricket stars swapped bat and ball for mic and guitar

Freddie Flintoff – Combining Love of Music and Football

This rugged all-rounder has become a full-blown celebrity in his native UK, since retiring as one of his country’s greatest ever players.

He regularly appears on comedy quiz shows as well as reality TV series, but few people know that he has also turned his hand to being a recording artist.

All of this came about in 2018, when there was outcry that the England football team did not have an official anthem to take with them to Russia.

Up stepped Freddie and his best mate Ricky Wilson, who knows a thing or two about music having been the Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman. The song they recorded together was a remix of Boney M’s ‘Rasputin’, which was a rather on-the-nose nod to where Harry Kane and co. would be heading that summer. The catchy lyrics for Rasputin Rebooted kept aspects of the original version’s chorus intact and then, in true football anthem style, enmeshed some questionable verses around it.

Meanwhile, this is not Flintoff’s only venture into singing as in the same year he also played a lead role in Fat Friends The Musical, which was a sell-out hit in the player’s home city of Manchester.

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Most pro cricketers are born entertainers, so in theory they should be pretty competent up on stage, but things do not always turn out that way

Dwayne Bravo – Rubbing Shoulders with Beenie Man

Dwayne Bravo is one of the most decorated cricketers in West Indian history and can still be found breaking records in various T20 competitions around the world.

However, everything he has done on a cricket pitch pales in comparison to the collaboration he did with West Indian music mogul, Beenie Man.

Their most famous song together is entitled ‘Beenie Man & Bravo’ and sees the two men argue about whether football is better than cricket, all adjudicated by a plethora of backing dancers.

The two friends have also combined to great effect for another song called ‘Go Gyal Go’.

Mark Butcher – Manages Not to Butcher Lyrics or Chords

Neither Bravo nor Flintoff have what you would call cultured singing voices, but the same cannot be said of Mark Butcher, who is probably better at warbling than he ever was at opening the batting for England.

Butcher certainly takes his music seriously, as is evidenced by his highly professional website that is dedicated to the tunes he creates both as a solo artist and as part of his very own band.

Sachin Tendulkar – Sing Along with the Little Master

There really is nothing that the man known as the Little Master cannot do, and so creating a hit tune was never going to be a problem for the greatest batsman the world has ever seen.

He made his music debut with a song called ‘Sachin’s Cricket Wali Beat’, which paired the legendary star with established recording artist Sonu Nigam.

Tendulkar is far from the only Indian national team star to try his hand at singing. Other famous players like MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, and Harbhajan Singh have also braved the mic, with Harbhajan even going so far as to release an entire album, showing he can tweak out both mean off-spinners and killer lyrics.

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Tips for Winning Cricket Bets in 2021

Cricket is incredibly popular here in India, and every match attracts millions of fans. A good number of these fans place bets to back their favorite sides. There are more cricket sportsbooks now, with exciting betting markets from India and across the world. But many cricket fans can still be heard grumbling how their bets are not winning or as lucrative as they expect. With all the cricket betting tips free information on the internet, it is possible to make a winning strategy in cricket. Here are a few tips you can use to change your win rate in cricket bets.

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Try Proposition Bets 

There is much more to cricket betting than betting on outright winners and losers. Proposition or prop bets are more lucrative than the main match bets. Prop bets are a proposition by the bookmaker that a certain outcome will happen. For example, the Player of the Series will be X. You can either agree with this proposition or refuse. Whatever choice you make is your bet. Prop bets require an in-depth knowledge of the playing teams. Some prop bets you can try include:

  • Toss Winner
  • Man of the Match
  • Series Top Batsman
  • Top Bowler 
  • Top Batsman 
  • Most Fours
  • Most Sixes
  • Most Run Outs
  • Highest Total in First 6 overs.
  • Method of first dismissal 2-way 
  • Century in Match
  • Fifty in Match
  • Highest Opening Partnership

 

Beware of the Playing Format 

The cricket format in play decides the pace of the game, which brings in factors like fatigue and motivation. In test cricket, the teams will play for 5 days, bowling 90 overs each day. Teams have to pace themselves and know how to spread the play among the players. More experienced teams have higher success in Test matches. 

One-Day International (ODI) is played in a single day. Each side takes a 50 overs innings for a total of 100. It provides a battle of wits between batsmen and bowlers because of the limited time and field.

T20 matches are the shortest and most frenetic. There is massive pressure on both the batman and the bowler to outdo the other in the 20 overs. There are massive shots and equally massive swings. This format favors younger high-energy teams. 

Read the Weather 

The weather is a big disruptor in cricket. Matches are routinely halted because of rain. The fortunes of a team can change when a match gets interrupted. Say India is playing Pakistan in an ODI. India is ahead by 200  runs in the second inning with a few wickets left. If it rained and the match was halted, Pakistan would be very relieved. They can regroup. The match can also be called a draw if the interruption is too long.

Look at the Toss Winner 

In an ODI, winning the toss is very important. This is because the field’s conditions change as the play progresses. The team that wins the toss has the advantage of choosing whether to bat or bowl and gains an upper hand psychologically. 

The field is also a determinant to some extent. Some teams are known to do well in certain cricket grounds and fare poorly in others. Sometimes the home crowd advantage works to motivate the home team. 

Look at Recent Performance

How well has a team been performing recently? If a team performed poorly in a recent period against another one, it will go into the next match at a disadvantage. In cricket, the game is more likely to go to the favorites. 

Cricket betting is easy to master and start winning. You can start winning with a good strategy and good reading of the game.

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Which is the Best Sports book for Cricket?

More Indian cricket fans are warming up to the idea of sports betting. Mobile betting apps have brought betting markets closer to sports fans, even in the remotest areas. Cricket betting is the number one choice  for many sports bettors. There are more betting resources, including free cricket betting tips, that even fans new to betting will find it easy winning bets. Which is the best sportsbook for cricket betting? This question is often heard from people new to sports betting. Here are a few tips on how to find a cricket sportsbook that will work for you. 

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Look at the Cricket Betting Offers 

If you want to bet on cricket, you need access to as many cricket betting markets as possible. A sportsbook should have as many leagues and tournaments as possible. You can then have plenty of choices from these markets.

In February 2021, for example, a sportsbook should highlight these cricket events:

  • International Test Cricket
  • International Twenty20
  • Pakistan Super League
  • South Africa
  • ICC T20 World Cup 2021
  • ICC World Cup 2023
  • International One Day (W)
  • Marsh One-Day Cup
  • Regional Super50 Cup
  • The Ashes
  • WNCL (W)

Look at the Betting Options 

A good sportsbook should offer as many betting options as possible to give you a freer hand in picking bets. The most popular betting options should be included:

  • Match bets (winner/loser)- You wager on the winner of a match 
  • Tied match (Draw no bet)- You wager the teams will draw 
  • Series winner – You bet that a certain team will win a series of matches e.g., the Ashes
  • Outright winner – You bet on a winner of a tournament e.g., the Cricket World Cup

There are proposition bets, which the sportsbook proposes a certain outcome, then you can agree or disagree with a bet:

  • Win toss – A bet on the team that will win the coin toss at the beginning of a match. You can also have a Toss Combination bet where you bet the team’s choice on whether to bat or bowl.
  • Odd/Even runs – A bet on the number of runs scored being odd or even. First Innings score  bet is limited to a team’s scores at the end of the first innings.
  • Match scores- A bet on the number of scores at the end of a single match
  • Over / under scores – A bet on the scores being over or under a certain number 
  • Most Sixes – A bet on the side that will take the most sixes in a match 
  • Most Runouts 
  • Highest 1st 15 overs- A bet on the team with the highest scores at the end of the first 15 overs.

There are player proposition bets as well:

  • Top batsman 
  • Top bowler 
  • To score 50 runs 

The more betting options you have, the more you can stack your bets for a bigger payout. UK based sportsbooks have more betting options because of the large cricket fan base there.

Check if the Sports book is Mobile Friendly 

A sportsbook should have a smartphone app. It makes betting more convenient than using browsers. You can place your bets anytime, wherever you are. It also makes it easier to bet on Live games as you follow your favorite games.  

Compare Payment Methods 

Does the sportsbook accept your preferred payment method? A sportsbook that accepts a wide range of payment methods makes it easier to deposit and withdraw funds when you need them. Be mindful of minimum withdrawal requirements to avoid your money being trapped in your virtual wallet.

Promotions and Bonuses 

Incentives make your bets more fun and reduce your risk. The more incentives, the better. But remember to compare the terms and conditions of these promotions and bonuses. They should not be too difficult to cash out. 

Are you a cricket fan on the lookout for a new sportsbook? Assess sportsbooks with the tips above, and you will have one that works perfectly for you.

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