Top Batsman or Top Batswoman betting is a simple bet to explain, the problem is that there is that many different variations to the bet, you have to be sure you are betting in the right market.
Essentially it is what it says, Top Batsman Betting is a bet on who you think will score the most runs. It can also be known as Top Run Scorer Betting.
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It may well be a simple bet, but there is a lot more to take in if you place this type of bet regularly. Where it can start to get (a bit more) complicated is in the different variations of cricket, and how top run scorer (top batsman bets) can be settled. A brief explanation can be found below.
Top Batsman Spread Betting
You can have a bet on a batsman to be the Top Run Scorer in a Test match, an ODI, at T20, and/or over the course of a series. You can also back a player to be Top Run Scorer from just his team, or for both teams, in the match or series. It will vary from bookmaker to bookmaker which markets are available, so you will have to make sure you are 100% certain what the market is that you are betting on, before placing your bet.
If you are betting on the Top Batsman in a Test match or any match that involves two innings (a County Championship match in England, Sheffield Shield in Australia, etc), your bet will usually be settled on the amount of runs scored in the 1st innings.
Generally if two players score the same amount of runs, then Dead Heat rules will apply. If the player you back is not included in the starting XI, then bets are generally voided and you get your money back (there are enough bookmakers out there who do this, so make sure you bet with one of them).
If you’re selection is included in the starting XI, but doesn’t get to bat, then that is classed as a loser. For example, if you back the batter listed at No.5 in the batting line up in a T20, and only the top 3 get to bat, you’re bet is a loser without your player even facing a ball.
Another thing to bear in mind is that when big events like the IPL (for example) come along, some bookmakers will offer a daily money back special, and quite often it can be on the Top Run Scorer Betting market. For example, it could be that if your selection scores a 50 but isn’t the Top Run Scorer, you will get your money back as a free bet. So it can be in your interested to shop around.