Cricket T20 Odds, Picks, Predictions for This Week 2023

Originally a medieval children’s game and now the second most popular sport in the world following soccer; this popular bat and ball game was spread to the world with the expansion of the British Empire and is seen primarily in the Indian subcontinent, Austral, Asia, the United Kingdom, southern Africa, and the West Indies.

Lately, cricket has been making quite a splash in the U.S thanks to a fast-paced version of the game called Twenty20. Here you’ll get the lowdown on what makes cricket = cricket, and how you can use this knowledge to place better bets and increase your odds of winning.

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Quick Breakdown of the 3 Types of Cricket

Test Cricket

  • Classic version of the game
  • Played over 5 days
  • 2 innings a side
  • Unlimited overs
  • Slower paced with focus on technique and endurance
  • More focus on shots that stay on the ground (thus less 6’s being played)
  • Many cricket purists see this as the one and only cricket.

One Day International (ODI)

  • 50 overs in an innings
  • 1 innings game
  • More focus on the runs chase
  • Slightly more pressure to try to play every ball for the batsmen
  • Can see some more aerial shots being made

Twenty20

  • 20 overs and innings
  • Fast-paced
  • Not much room for batsmen to not attack and make every ball count
  • Plenty of big hits and flying balls

Types of Players

Batsmen

  • Openers (or Top Order): the 2 batsmen to start the innings; they need nerves of steel to get the game going with calm and collected shots – the focus is not on smashing the ball out the park at first, but rather to set the pace and understand how the pitch is moving – they should have some of the best defense of the batsmen.
  • The Middle Order: typically defined as the batsmen batting at positions 4, 5, 6, and 7. Batsmen are usually more versatile and responsive in order to carry the innings further wherever it may need to go.
  • So-called “All-Rounders” are normally found here, who are both good at bowling and batting, wicket keepers would also often be found in position 5 or 6.
  • The Tail (Or lower order): Generally the specialist bowlers and sometimes wicketkeepers are found here, who would generally have poorer batting skills
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