There are two great Cricket World Cup bets in the top batsman market which we have found by compiling a profile based on previous winners of the award.
We’ve already picked out 5 batsmen who could be good Cricket World Cup bets for top batsman honours at the World Cup in May. The reasoning for their selections was quite simply that they offered good betting value in terms of Cricket World Cup bets as batsmen who were certain to play (well, Hashim Amla apart, but we’ll have to wait on that one) and ticked certain boxes.
Another way to find a good Cricket World cup bets on the market is to try to create a profile based on who were the top batsmen in previous World Cups.
Hosts: England (main), Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Netherlands.
Final: Australia beat Pakistan
Top Batsman: Rahul Dravid (India)
The great Dravid scored 461 runs including two hundreds and three fifties. Remarkably, he won despite playing two games fewer than the Australian and Pakistani batsmen as India failed to make the semis. Dravid batted at three throughout the tournament. Steve Waugh came second despite batting down at five throughout the World Cup.
Hosts: South Africa
Final: Australia beat India
Top Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar (India)
Hardly a surprise that arguably the world’s greatest batsman ever top scored when he was at the peak of his powers. Incredibly, he scored 208 runs more than anyone else and this despite scoring just the one century; his six fifties were certainly the secret to his success. Tendulkar (below) opened the batting throughout the tournament. Team-mate Sourav Ganguly was second.
Hosts: West Indies
Final: Australia beat Sri Lanka
Top Batsman: Matthew Hayden (Australia)
Australia’s burly opener Hayden smashed three centuries and a further fifty on his way to scoring 659 runs, 111 more than Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jaywardene. A big 158 certainly helped matters.
For interests’ sake, Hayden is the only left-hander to have been World Cup top batsman over the past five tournaments.
Hosts: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh.
Final: India beat Sri Lanka
Top Batsman: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)
Dilshan scored two centuries and two fifties which included a top score of 144 and an unbeaten 108 against England in the quarter-finals, as Sri Lanka chased 230 without losing a single wicket. He pipped Tendulkar by just 18 runs to win the award and team-mate Kumar Sangakarra by 35 runs.
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Hosts: Australia and New Zealand
Top Batsman: Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Things were even closer this time round with Martin Guptill scoring just six more runs than Sangakarra (below). His 15 runs in the final against Australia got him over the line, so to speak. Sangakarra by the way, played two matches less than him.
It’s not hard to see where Guptill won it: he scored a mammoth 237 not out against the West Indies in the quarter-finals.
He did also score one more century but his other seven innings produced just one fifty, proving that one huge score can count for a lot more than several decent ones.
Cricket World Cup Top batsman: The profile
- Four of the five top batsmen played for a side making the final.
- Three of the five played for the eventual runners-up. Only Hayden in 2007 played for the winning side.
- Four of the five were openers. Dravid, batting at three, wasn’t. None of the top batsmen were their team’s captain.
- Four of the five were right-handers though that shouldn’t necessarily be a consideration.
- Their age at the time was: Dravid (26), Tendulkar (30), Hayden (36), Dilshan (35), Guptill (29). That means all of them were aged between 26 and 36 and that the average age is 31.2.
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None of the above should come as a huge surprise. Openers hold all the trumps because:
- They’re the only ones guaranteed a bat and could potentially bat for 50 overs.
- They benefit from batting in the powerplays and when the ball is at its hardest.
- When chasing a low score they’re the ones who get to score the runs. Even players at three or four might not come to the crease.
It’s worth pointing out that all the five previous top batsmen played from teams who were among the three favourites going into the tournament. The tournament favourites this time round are: England (3,25), India (3.75) and Australia (5.0).
Cricket World Cup 2019: Dismissing a few from the favourites
- Virat Kohli (7.5) and Eoin Morgan (21) because they’re both captains and not openers.
- Aaron Finch opens but is captain (21.0).
- Chris Gayle (21.0), Kane Williamson (17.00), Quinton de Kock (21.0) and Faf du Plessis (26.0) don’t play for a side among the three favourites.
Cricket World Cup Bets: Who does that leave?
Johnny Bairstow (15.0), Jason Roy (15.0), David Warner (15.0), Rohit Sharma (15.0) and Shikhar Dhawan (21.0) are last men standing.
Bairstow– Age: 29 Average: 46
Roy: Age: 28 Average: 38
Warner: Age: 32 Average: 43
Sharma: Age: 32 Average: 47
Dhawan: Age: 33 Average: 44
It’s a tough quintet to split but two stand out. Warner ticks all the boxes and has the added advantage of having played in two World Cups previously, something which the England duo haven’t. Bairstow and Roy are also a tiny being on the young side given three of the five previous winners were at least 30.
Sharma is exactly the right age and has the best career average of any of them so he also makes the cut.
Back David Warner : 15.0
Back Rohit Sharma @ 15.0
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