World Cup 2019 Top Batsman Betting: Easy as 1-2 to Find a Winner

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 8:02 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 21, 2019 8:02 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) explains what a winning top runscorer bet looks like for the summer’s tournament. 
<div><h2>Betting the Top Batsman Market</h2><p>The second most popular market behind the <a href="" title="ICC World Cup Outright Winner">outright winner for the World Cup</a> is the top batsman lists. There are big number available here with punters salivating at the prospect of huge profits.</p><p>Best of all, there is a clear strategy that has worked time and time again. It’s simple. Only wager on an opening batsman. In four of the last five World Cups, the top runscorer has batted at either No 1 or No 2.</p><p>And as the powerplay overs at the start of the innings become more and more important in an era when scoring rates are going through the roof, it is extremely hard to see middle-order players hanging on their coattails, let alone keeping up. This brings us to the favourite <a href="" title="Virat Kohli Player Profile">Virat Kohli</a>. The Indian captain is the best batsman in the world, and probably the best there has ever been. So it’s not surprising that the layers have kept him short. But he should not be the jolly, even if he has scored the most runs over the last two years.</p><p>Kohli will bat at No 3. Ahead of him will be Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, both prolific. And well-versed in English conditions after excellent Champions Trophy campaigns in 2017. The Champions Trophy is a mini World Cup designed as a dry World Cup run in the host nation. Dhawan outscored everyone.</p><p>It would be a surprise if one of Rohit and Shikhar failed to make the top four. It is also important that the team a batter plays for goes deep into the tournament. India, at second favourites, should make the semi-finals meaning a minimum ten games. England, likewise. With all teams playing nine matches in the group section, those who progress have a significant advantage.</p><p>We have listed each team’s opening combinations below…</p><p><strong>Australia</strong> – David Warner, Aaron Finch</p><p><strong>Bangladesh</strong> – Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das</p><p><strong>England</strong> – Jonny Bairstow Jason Roy</p><p><strong>India</strong> – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan</p><p><strong>New Zealand</strong> – Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls</p><p><strong>Pakistan</strong> – Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman</p><p><strong>South Africa</strong> – Quinton De Kock, Hashim Amla</p><p><strong>West Indies</strong> – Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis</p><h2>Betting Conclusion</h2><p>There is nothing wrong with taking the 16/1 (17.0) (Ladbrokes, William Hill) about Rohit, 20/1 (21.0) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365 Sportsbook">Bet365</a> about Dhawan and 12/1 (13.0) with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway sportsbook">Betway</a> about Bairstow. Roy misses out because he isn’t as consistent as the others. But if those are a bit mainstream, <a href="" title="World Cup Betting: South Africa">South Africa’s</a> Quinton De Kock could fit the bill at 20/1 (21.0) with <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Coral Sportsbook">Coral</a>. De Kock has a good record in England and has really developed his game. South Africa should also be competitive.</p><p>Another solid alternative is Australia’s Arron Finch at the same odds with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365 Sportsbook">Bet365</a>, <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Coral Sportsbook">Coral</a>, <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes Sportsbook">Ladbrokes</a>. Avoid David Warner as we’re not convinced he copes well with the moving ball. Finch has been bludgeoning attacks for two years and is up there with the best for runs per innings.</p></div>
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