Even though the game of cricket was introduced in India by the British, India now has the biggest fan base of the sport, compared to any other country in the world. Millions of cricket fans follow the game closely, and so do the people who are indulged in cricket betting.
While for most people who follow cricket, it is merely a passion or a hobby, but those who follow the sport ardently and possess great knowledge about the same can use it to make accurate cricket predictions. Let’s look at a few ways in which you can do so.
Betting on all kinds of sports, except horse racing, is illegal in India. However, there are a few legal loopholes that have allowed international betting sites to accept players from India. One can easily access renowned sportsbooks like bet365 and Betway, and place wagers on matches using Indian rupees.
You can bet in a huge range of matches, be it bilateral series like the Ashes, ODI tournaments, ICC tournaments, or T20 leagues like the IPL. There are a huge number of betting markets where you can place your wagers. The payouts are quick and reliable, and all bets are settled as soon as a match is over.
Being regulated by authorities, they are extremely safe to deal with.
Daily fantasy games are extremely popular in the USA. The craze has now caught up in India, and there are more than 50 different fantasy gaming platforms, offering a number of games, and predominantly cricket.
Fantasy gaming is very easy to play. All you need to do is form your own team of 11 players from both the team playing a match. The selection should be within the rules set by the platform. You can then take part in paid contests, which have a small entry fee. The players in your team are awarded points based on their performance in the game. If your team tops the leaderboard, you can win prizes, which can run into lakhs of rupees.
Playing fantasy cricket is completely legal in India, as pointed out by various Supreme Court judgments.
Cricket blogs and columns
If you are really passionate about the game, you can write columns for sports or cricket-based sites. You can provide detailed analysis and previews about upcoming matches, including player performances and team forms.
If you cannot find a site to write for, you can start your own blog, providing tips and predictions for games, especially aimed at the punters. Of course, it will take time for your blogs or columns to get popular. But if your tips are correct more often than not, you will have a huge number of followers in no time, who will be eagerly waiting for your next prediction.
Many sites of sports channels have quiz contests where they award handsome prizes to the winners. The prizes may not be in cash but can be worth a lot by the way of expensive gadgets or free trips to cricket games.
If you have some spare time and a real passion for the game of cricket, you can try your hand at any of the above-mentioned activities. However, one must keep in mind that activities like betting or fantasy cricket can be addictive, and do involve an element of financial risk too.