Cricket Betting – India odds slashed after 1st Test win

After India’s 8 wicket victory of Australia in the 1st Test, the bookmakers have slashed the odds for an Indian series win in to 1/4 (more information about bookmakers in general can be found in this Sportsbook review).

The bookmakers also – unsurprisingly – have India as the firm favourites to win the 2nd Test, at a general price of between 5/6 and Even money.

It all started off so well for Australia, and from a neutral point of view I was enjoying what seemed to be a competitive Test match, that was until MS Dhoni got going.

I certainly didn’t see that innings coming from the Indian skipper, to be honest I didn’t think he had it in him given all the pressure and blame that was heaped on him after the England test series.

In fairness to Australia I don’t think they could have too many complaints about their 1st innings total. Ok, maybe they should have got to over 400, but 380 was a respectable total that they must have been happy with. It certainly had them well in the game.

They were also well in the game when India were 196/4, 372/7 and even at 406/8, it was only then that the match went away from them.

Moving on to the 2nd Test and looking at things from an Aussie point of view, I’m really not sure which way the wind is blowing.

One one hand I don’t think they should be too disheartened. They were just beaten by a great innings from Dhoni, and they won’t come up against that sort of innings every Test match. And England got thrashed in the 1st Test and look what happened after that.

On the other hand though, Australia had to rely yet again on a century from Michael Clarke, how long can he keep on carrying the batting? He has been brilliant over the last 12-18 months, but he needs some support (like Alastair Cook for England, their outstanding form won’t go on forever).

And where is that support going to come from? Mike Hussey has retired, Watson is good for a 40, is Phil Hughes going to cut it in India, (probably not in my view), and I can also see David Warner struggling out there.

Overall Australia didn’t do quite as badly as the result suggests, but I still feel they have a lot of questions to answer over the next few weeks.

From a cricket betting perspective, I think I will be waiting and watching how things go before I get involved. I know that is being a bit over cautious, but I don’t really see an obvious value bet at the moment.

Common Sense Prevails

I’m not going to dwell on the issue of the Ian Bell run out for too long as I believe it has already been blown well out of all proportion.

First I have to say well done to MS Dhoni and the Indian team for their decision to withdraw their appeal for Ian Bell’s run out, it was the right course of action and the game of cricket was the real winner in the long run.

Yes, to the letter of the law India were correct and Bell was out, but for me the run out wasn’t in the spirit of the game. For a start it appears that Bell thought the ball had gone for 4 and was therefore dead. But whatever way you want too look at it, I think we ended up with the correct outcome.

Dhoni’s decision leaves Paul Collingwood still in sole possession of the worst bit of bad sportsmanship I’ve seen in modern cricket. His decision to appeal the run out of Grant Elliott in 2008 after he collided with Ryan Sidebottom was an appalling one and should have resulted in him being removed as captain in my book.

Any person stupid enough to do what Collingwood did that day isn’t fit to lead an international side.

So again, well done to MS Dhoni and the Indian side for a common sense decision.

A funny tweet I noticed in the aftermath of the incident said something along the lines of ‘it is the most shocking thing I’ve seen on a cricket field since Paul Harris got a ball to spin.’ A bit harsh on poor old Harris.