About Top Bowler Betting

Top bowler betting is one of the most popular betting markets on a cricket match, alongside the match winner and top batsman markets.

Sometimes called also called top wicket-taker betting, it can come in a few different forms.

The most common type of top bowler betting is wagering on who will take the most wickets in a particular innings of a match, normally the first one.

So for example, if the market was called ‘England top bowler’ and was offered ahead of a Test match against Australia, you’d be betting on which of the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes or Moeen Ali was going to take the most wickets when Australia batted the first time round.
You can sometimes have top bowler betting on who will take the most wickets the second time round a team bats, offered as a live betting market, but it’s far more common to have it just for the first innings.

Things are a lot simpler in T20s and ODIs because teams only bat once. An interesting aspect of top bowler betting that’s worth knowing about is that in the event of two or more bowlers taking the same number of wickets, some betting companies will dead-heat the market. While other betting companies will look at how many runs the tied bowlers have conceded. In this case, if say Anderson took three and so did Broad but Anderson conceded 40 runs to Broad’s 45, then Anderson would be declared the winner.

A less common type of top bowler betting is to bet on who will be the top bowler across both teams, also known as top match bowler. If it were on a limited-overs match between say South Africa and India and Dale Steyn took four wickets and no-one else from either side took more than three, then Steyn would be declared the winner. The dead-heat or less runs conceded rules would apply in the same way here as well.

Top bowler betting is a fun and potentially profitable way of betting but needs some method before making your choice. That’s why here at Betting Maestro we look at how to work out who might be the value selection by looking at the bowler’s record against a particular team, at a particular ground and in certain conditions, among other factors.