Champions trophy 2013 is not just a much-awaited tournament for the viewers, but also for the betting community. The tournament is said to the ‘mini world-cup’ of cricket and bets are placed in huge number and amounts on every match.
Traffic has already been heavy on numerous websites that offer betting services for those who wish to bet on different international and domestic matches. However, with many scammed websites also running on the web, betters need to be careful and shall rely only on reputed and famous betting websites. For instance, betters can bet at William Hill Cricket betting website, that enjoys a good reputation. Over the website, there are many options on which viewers can bet on. ICC Champions trophy 2013 Group A winner, Group B winner and tournament winner are three of the most famous categories on which huge bets are placed.
The current betting odds for teams in Group A are as follows: 13/8 for England, 15/8 for Australia, 10/3 for Sri Lanka and 5/1 for New Zealand. The same for teams in Group B are 11/8 for south Africa, 5/2 for India, 10/3 for Pakistan and 9/2 for West Indies. The betting rate for all teams playing in the tournament are as follows: 4/1 for England, 4/1 for South Africa, 9/2 for Australia, 9/2 for Australia, 6/1 for India, 13/2 for Pakistan, 7/1 for West Indies, 8/1 for Sri Lanka and 12/1 for New Zealand. Thus, betting wise, New Zealand is the most unlikely team to with the tournament.
ICC Champions trophy 2013 will also be hugely bet on because of the fact that it is all set to be replaced by ICC Test Championship in 2017.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are to debut in the forthcoming season of Indian Premier League which is to start from April 3 and continue up to May 26. Sunrisers Hyderabad would be replacing Deccan Chargers team which has represented the Hyderabad franchise of Indian Premier League in the last 5 seasons. This ipl 2013 being the first outing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, they have been in the news for a fair bit of time until now. They were one of the few active teams in this year’s player auctions which took place in Chennai on February 3.
After acquiring the attention of cricket admirers and ipl highlights followers for their team logo and off field squad, which includes VVS Laxman as their mentor, former Indian chief selector of the national side Kris Srikkanth as their Team Ambassador and Australian cricket great and former Kings XI Punjab coach, Tom Moody as their coach; the latest aspect of Sunrisers Hyderabad which is putting them into the news columns is their team anthem. In their introductory season in the IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad would be cheered by an anthem.
This anthem would be composed by music sensation from South, G V Prakash. Prakash got known for his music which he had given for actor Ram’s Ongole Githa movie. Now, the 25 year old is gearing up to create the anthem for Sunrisers Hyderabad. With this year’s ipl schedule barely a month to start, the anthem is expected to surface within a time period couple of weeks.
Royal Challengers Bangalore seemed to have struck gold in the February 3 player auctions of Indian Premier League for the sixth season. Moises Henriques, the all rounder cricketer from Down Under, is one of the 7 catches of RCB from ipl 6 auctions. And it seems that they have got a player that would seem intimidating on the Indian tracks. Moises Henriques has been on the limited over cricket radar for a long time. However, his inclusion in the RCB squad was soon followed by his inclusion in the test squad of Australia for the ongoing test series between the two nations.
Prior to the beginning of this Border- Gavaskar series, Moises Henriques provided with some spirited performances in the practice matches and impressed his captain to be picked up for his test debut in the first test match straight away. Even though the match proved to be a disaster for Australian side since Indian side won it comprehensively by 8 wickets, they did discovered Moises Henriques’ talent to bat on turning tracks. His performance would indeed have amazed RCB owner Vijay Mallya before the beginning of this year’s ipl live score.
Moises provided with half centuries in both innings on his debut match, only fifth Australian to have done that in their long history of test cricket. It is good news for RCB before ipl 2013 goes on floors, since Moises’ successful batting on such a batting-dead pitch of fourth and fifth days could see him cruising in T20s.
Harbhajan Singh is one of those cricketers of Indian cricket team who have managed to be in the limelight for reasons more than their on-field performances. The Indian Premier League has provided an apt platform for Harbhajan Singh to grab eyeballs even if he would never have intended to do so. Since the initial years of the Indian Premier League, Harbhajan Singh has been part of Mumbai Indians franchise. He was in the news for quite some time after the slapgate incident wherein in he reportedly slapped his teammate in Indian side, S Sreesanth. The incident resulted in ban on Harbhajan Singh from certain number of matches of that edition of IPL.
Even after the slapgate incident, Harbhajan Singh has been IPL’s favourite poster boy, though for more cricketing reasons. He held the reigns of Mumbai Indians team when their Icon player, Sachin Tendulkar was facing injury problems. Even after Sachin resumed playing for Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh has been trusted with the responsibility of captaining the side because of his good performance in leading the side. Harbhajan Singh has captained entire season for Mumbai Indians during past editions.
Even before the sixth IPL, Harbhajan Singh has been in the news more than often. Earlier there were speculations that he might not be retained by Mumbai Indians. Though he remains in the team now, he won’t captain the side, since Sachin has been named Mumbai Indians’ captain. However, now, there is another reason for Harbhajan Singh to join the newsmakers. The spin connoisseur will be seen on an altogether different platform from cricket, that is, Acting. Harbhajan Singh is all set to act in Bollywood star Akshay Kumar’s Punjabi movie titled ‘Bha Ji in Problem’. Harbhajan Singh will be seen acting alongside big names like Om Puri, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Gippy Grewal, etc.
With more and more youngsters getting attracted towards cricket in India, the selectors of the national team are courting a problem of plenty. Every individual seems to be in the race of reckoning for every upcoming series in the packed cricketing calendar of the Indian Cricket team. Indian Premier League has added to this blissful problem of the selectors. While the cash rich tournament has ensured ample opportunities for aspiring cricketers, it has provided with young blood oozing with confidence for the national side. In such a scenario, even a single dim series for Indian cricketers can cost their place in the national side.
Considering the lax performances from senior players like Gautam Gambhir, they were given the boot by selectors while announcing the squad for first two test matches of forthcoming India- Australia series. On the other hand, good performances from Suresh Raina and domestic giants like Wasim Jaffer seemed to have lacked potential to catch the eyes of national selectors. Adding to this problem of plenty for selectors is Manoj Tiwary. Manoj Tiwary was the top scorer for India ‘A’ team in the second warm up match against Australia.
The first innings of 451 by India ‘A’ had 129 runs from Manoj Tiwary, which also had a century from Gautam Gambhir looking to regain his place in the side. While Gautam is looking for a re-entry in the Indian test side and Manoj Tiwary looking for his break, Superstar Shahrukh Khan along with his businessman friend Jai Mehta shall be looking relieved with good forms of these cricketers. This is because both Gambhir and Tiwary play for Kolkata Knight Riders, franchise co-owned by Shahrukh Khan and Jai Mehta in Indian Premier League. Gambhir led the Kolkata team to their maiden title victory in IPL during its fifth edition last year.