The news that Kevin Pietersen is too miss the whole of the IPL has seen only a smallish drift in the odds for Delhi Daredevils to win the title.
Before Pietersen’s injury was announced, you could bet on the Daredevils at odds of between 4/1 and 5/1. Since the announcement of the injury, you can now get best odds of 11/2 on them winning the IPL for the first time – with some online bookmakers still offering the original 4/1.
This shows that the online betting markets clearly don’t see Pietersen as pivotal to the Daredevils chances of winning the IPL, and with talents such as David Warner, Jesse Ryder, Virender Sehwag and skipper Mehala Jarawardene in the side, why would they?
Obviously it is a big loss though, and it is all the more ironic that he now won’t hit a ball in the competition at all (this season) given the rumpus kicked up by Pietersen last year, in his wanting to play the whole of the series.
Looking further afield and with the Ashes looming, this is starting to be a bit of a worry for England fans. That’s Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen both out now, and although the prognosis is that they will both be back in time, we have heard that sort of thing before from the England medical staff.
In the Ashes Betting, England are still massive favourites at odds of between 2/5 and 4/9. Australia are in the main around 7/2 to 4/1 (although a couple of online bookmakers go as short as 3/1) and a drawn series is 5/1 to 11/2.