Match result: The most straightforward bet for cricket games. You can wager on either of the teams winning or the draw. There is also the tie, which is far more likely in a limited-over match than in a Test match. In Test history, there have been only two ties in the 2000-odd matches since 1877.
High bat: Pick the highest-scoring batsman in a particular innings or match. Be aware that there may be separate markets for first and second innings in a Test or first-class match. You can also bet on the top-scoring batsman in a series or in a tournament.
Most wickets: Bet on which bowler will take the highest number of wickets in an innings, match or series. Or to be the leading wicket-taker for their team or outright in a series or even a round-robin competition such as the preliminary rounds of the World Cup.
Series/tournament result: Bet on which team will win a head-to-head series or tournament well in advance of the event. Or bet on the exact series result; for example, in a five-Test Ashes series, you may fancy a 3-1 result to the home team. The odds can be lucrative.
Coin toss: Yes, seriously. You can bet on which captain will win the toss before the start of play. You must also take into account the toss can be crucial in deciding the outcome of any match, given the changing conditions.
Highest opening partnership: Which openers will get their team off to the best start, numerically at least?
Method of first dismissal: Will the first wicket fall caught, bowled, caught behind, leg before wicket, run out, stumped or in some other way?
Live betting on cricket: In-the-run betting is enormously popular on cricket, with all sorts or permutations available. In certain jurisdictions you can bet ball by ball, predicting if the next ball will bring a wicket, boundary or even a wide. You can gamble on who will be the next man out, whether a player will reach a milestone or fall short. As mentioned earlier, the options are endless.
We have covered the main options for those wishing to bet on cricket, though we will go into greater depth elsewhere.
The amount of money wagered each year on cricket is staggering, and also difficult to calculate given much of the betting in countries such as India is not recorded through official channels.