We finally have odds on the Cricket World Cup top runscorer now Betfair Sportsbook have been the first Sportsbook to make them available.

Nearer the time, here at Betting Maestro we’ll analyse what the profile of a past Cricket World Cup top runscorer looks like, including: batting position, finishing position of their team, strike rate, past record at ICC tournaments and so on.

But right now and because the early bird catches the worm, we’ll just discuss which five players represent betting value as potential Cricket World Cup top batsmen and are worth backing before their prices crash.


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Hashim Amla (South Africa) – 41.0


At 35 this is almost certainly the last Cricket World Cup Amla will play in any format so this might equally be the last chance to profit from one of the all-time great ODI batsmen of the modern-day era.

His 174 ODIs at the time of writing have yielded 27 centuries, 37 50s and an average of almost 50 at a strike rate of 89.22. He’s the fastest player in history to reach 7,000 ODI runs.

The stylish opener, equally strong on both sides of the wicket, has plenty of experience of English conditions and is currently ranked 13th in the ODI batting rankings, a drop from a position in the Top 5 a year or so ago after a couple of somewhat barren ODI series. Admittedly he hasn’t scored that heavily in previous World Cups and it’s nip-tuck as to whether the Proteas will make the semis.

But a quote of 40/1, twice the price of his fellow SA opener Quinton de Kock, is an insult to a man who has achieved so much.

Definitely one to have on side as a Cricket World Cup top runscorer each-way bet, which pays 4 places at 1/4 of the odds.

So, if you backed Amla for 10GBP each-way (total bet 20GBP) and he was Cricket World Cup top scorer you’d get 40×10 = 400 (for winning) + 10×10 = 100 (for placing) = 500 GBP profit. If he finished 2nd, 3rd or 4th, you’d win 100GBP for the each-way finish minus 10 for not winning = 90GBP.


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Imam Ul-Haq (Pakistan) 41.0


Just like his uncle Inzamam, he doesn’t look like much of an international cricketer. Sporting glasses while he bats and all in all looking more like an accountant than a star ODI batsman he doesn’t have that ‘star appeal’ of a Virat Kohli or Chris Gayle, but don’t be fooled.

His 21 ODIs aren’t much of a sample but just look at that average: 60.55, including 5 centuries and 5 fifties. The man has reached at least 50 almost every other time he goes out to bat.

A brilliant driver and strong off his hips, he has the sort of calm temperament that allows him to slowly accumulate at his own pace rather than swinging for the rooftops from ball one.

Which of course is what you want from an opener who you’re betting on to be Cricket World Cup top runscorer. The Betting Maestro fancies Pakistan to have a strong tournament so he might get to play at least one extra match.

Imam Ul-Haq doesn’t look like an ODI superstar, but he is.

Kane Williamson (New Zealand) 21.0


It was a tough choice to make between skipper and No 3 Kane Williamson and the veteran Black Cap Ross Taylor, who bats at 4 and is in the form of his life right now after getting corrective eye surgery that means he can see the ball a lot better than he used to. Which is pretty important, let’s be honest!

But Williamson gets the nod on two counts.  Firstly, he bats one position higher, which may not sound like much but could make all the difference. It could mean Taylor loses out on 10 or 15 overs a game. Secondly, Williamson’s stats from the last ICC Champions Trophy from two years ago, held in England, were considerably better, albeit over just three matches.

Interestingly, Williamson is down at 11th to Taylor’s 3rd on the ICC ODI Rankings after Taylor’s purple patch over the last year or so. But with the NZ skipper you know he’s in for the long haul and has the class, experience, temperament and shots to make a decent contribution in every match he plays.


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Johnny Bairstow (England) – 15.0


There are good reasons to think England may not go all the way at home but only a very brave man would bet against them at least making the semis. So we have to have at least one Englishman on side to be Cricket World Cup top batsman. And it’s Bairstow.

He’s preferred to Joe Root because he’s an opener and can accelerate more quickly than Root and to Jason Roy because he prizes his wicket more. Roy might hit four boundaries in a row and still go for a fifth and then get out, while Bairstow is more likely to take a deep breath, nurdle a single to deep square leg and then figure out what the plan is for the remainder of the innings.

Despite playing most of his career as a middle-order batsman, he still averages 46 and will surely benefit from playing on grounds he knows inside out.


Johnny Bairstow has made the most of his chances at the top of the order for England in ODIs.


Virat Kohli (India) 9.0


If your life depended on picking the Cricket World Cup top runscorer you’d go for Kohli every time, right? Right. So it’s a good thing that he’s not hovering around the 3.0 mark but rather, is a big-looking 9.0.

So what’s to like about the skipper? Oh, I don’t know. There‘s the fact he’s the Number 1 ranked batsman in the world for starters. Then there’s how he has the best average of any ODI batsman ever, (bar Ryan ten Doeschate) at a cool 59. He’s notched 41 centuries and 49 50s in his 226-match ODI career and has played plenty of cricket in England over the years.

For good measure he’s probably the quickest and fittest batsman in world cricket so running between the wickets is another string to his bow and he plays for the side the Betting Maestro thinks is going to win the World Cup. The one and only concern are that openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are class acts who might bat long on occasion and limit his time at the crease as India’s number 3. But that’s just splitting hairs.


More Cricket World Cup articles:


India World Cup 2019 Team Guide

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Pakistan Cricket: The secrets to winning the 2019 World Cup

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