Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League 2018/19 betting
What a transformation the shortest form of cricket has gone through in the last decade.
Twenty20 was considered a joke and a ‘hit and giggle’, but has exploded to be the most popular format of the game in a short space of time.
While the T20 World Cup is the pinnacle on the International stage, the domestic competitions of India (the Indian Premier League), Australia (Big Bash League) and others from around the world get a lot of attention, with the T20 game one of the most popular with punters in the world.
The BBL draws some of the best and brightest talent from around the world, with eight teams, all based in the major cities in Australia, fighting it out for the crown of the best T20 team in the land.
Can the two Melbourne teams overcome history and get themselves into the final for the first time ever? Can the Sydney sides make an unlikely bid for the title or will perennial powerhouse Perth dominate the competition once again?
Let’s take a look at who the title contenders will be, the players to watch and where your money is best invested.
Players to watch
The talent that has come through the BBL league since its inception has been terrific, but BBL|08 promises to be the best yet.
With a multitude of international talent coming in to complement the local cricketers that Australia already has in its ranks, the shortest form of the game has never looked healthier.
Can Chris Gayle finally show Australia his undoubted talent consistently?
Australia has not seen the best of Chris Gayle in the Big Bash during his two seasons with Sydney Thunder, but the Calypso star is still ranked the best T20 batsman in the world. He is set to open the batting for the Melbourne Renegades and partner with Australia’s own power-hitter Aaron Finch at the top of the order.
The West Indian Wizard has been one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the format, sitting in fourth position overall in runs scored at international level despite playing almost 10 games less than everyone else on the list.
At the domestic level is where Gayle has really shone though, with a stellar 175 back in 2013 for Indian Premier League team Bangalore; with his century coming off just 30 balls. He also blasted a 150 odd earlier this year in the English T20 competition.
This gun for hire is one not to be missed.
Best bet – Back Chris Gayle at $5.50 with Sportsbet to make a century during the BBL season.
Can Kumar Sangakarra make his maiden BBL tournament a successful one?
You know you are a special player when one of your fiercest rivals dubs you the ‘equal’ of Australia’s greatest ever batsman Sir Donald Bradman, which is exactly what the Indian Cricket Board said of Sri Lankan superstar Kumar Sangakarra.
One of the greatest batsman of the modern era, Sangakarra makes his BBL debut with Hobart this year. Such is the quality of the highly decorated champion; his arrival in the BBL has been heralded as the biggest signing in the history of the league.
The addition of Sangakarra makes the Hobart Hurricanes one of the must-see teams this season in the BBL. He is crafty and insanely popular with the Australian-Sri-Lankans in Australia. If he gets going Hobart could go all the way.
BBL title betting & odds recap
It is a wide open betting market for the Big Bash League title this season.
Only two teams are in double figures heading into the 2015/16 campaign, but given the volatile nature of the BBL, the odds for both the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder can change with one victory.
Both Melbourne teams dominate the market after some key off-season signings, but given that neither side has ever progressed past the semi-final stage, history is not on their side.
For those confident the Renegades and the Stars can make the final can get $10 to have make 2015/16 an all-Melbourne BBL final.
Conversely, the Perth Scorchers – who are on the third line of betting at $6.00 – have made the final every time since the league’s inception in 2011 and are shooting for three straight titles in 2015/16.
Outright winner odds for 2015/2016 season
Melbourne Stars $4.50
Melbourne Renegades $5.00
Perth Scorchers $6.00
Sydney Sixers $7.00
Hobart Hurricanes $8.00
Brisbane Heat $8.00
Adelaide Strikers $10.00
Sydney Thunder $11.00
BBL top run scorer betting
There is an abundance of batting talent this season in the BBL, with a host of international stars all capable of scoring massive run, on top of local talent eager to impress.
With quality players across every team in the league this season it looms as the most exciting and entertaining BBL season yet.
The market is headed by two Melbourne players, with the Renegades’ Chris Gayle the favourite at $8.00, with charismatic Englishman and Stars’ super-slugger Kevin Pietersen next best at $10.00.
Leading run scorer market for BBL|5
Chris Gayle $8
Kevin Pietersen $10
Michael Klinger $11
Aaron Finch $13
Shane Watson $13
Ben Dunk $15
Shaun Marsh $15
Chris Lynn $15
Kumar Sangakkara $15
Luke Wright $15
Nic Maddinson $15
Brendon McCullum $17
Michael Lumb $17
Cameron White $17
Usman Khawaja $18
Jacques Kallis $19
Tim Ludeman $19
Tim Paine $21
Top Big Bash League wicket taker
While a lot of the focus is centred on the batsmen in Twenty20 cricket, the talent with the white ball this season is without question the deepest it has been in the history of the Big Bash League.
Victorian and Melbourne Renegade quick James Pattinson represents real value to take the most wickets in the competition at $13.00, while veteran off-spinner Brad Hogg is always a threat for the Sorchers; he’s at $15.00.
Leading wicket taker market for BBL|5
Samuel Badree $8
Jason Behrendorff $11
Ben Laughlin $11
John Hastings $13
Gurinder Sandhu $13
James Pattinson $13
Brad Hogg $15
Dwayne Bravo $17
Nathan Coulter-Nile $21
Josh Hazlewood $21
Cameron Boyce $21
James Faulkner $21
Pat Cummins $23
Andrew Fekete $23
Mitchell Starc $26