When it comes to cricket, you won’t find a more extravagant competition than the IPL. Where test match cricket is for the purists, the IPL is for the masses, with millions of people worldwide tuning in to see the world’s best smash six after six.
It’s taken the sport to completely new heights and it continues to be a big money maker not just for the players, but for plenty of fans too!
If you’re new to betting on cricket though, don’t worry as we are here to help. Below you’ll find all you need to know about betting on the IPL, including what it is, the best markets and where you can place your bets…
What is the IPL?
The Indian Premier League is India’s premier Twenty20 cricket competition and is played across March, April and May each year. 2020 has been slightly different given lockdown and was played in the latter stages of the year.
It sees eight teams go head-to-head in a league format before the playoffs and a final to crown one winner.
Known commonly as the IPL, many of the most famous cricketers on the planet are drafted into teams, from the likes of Steve Smith to Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan.
The game is played with each side having 20 overs to bat each, with the aim of the game to simply score more runs than the opposition. If the game is a tie, a super over is played to determine a winner.
The IPL Teams
As mentioned, eight teams play in the IPL each year, with all but the Sunrisers Hyderabad having done so since the competition first started in 2008. The eight teams are:
- Chennai Super Kings
- Delhi Capitals
- Kings XI Punjab
- Kolkata Knight Riders
- Mumbai Indians
- Rajasthan Royals
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Sunrisers Hyderabad
Which Bookmakers Offer IPL Betting?
All major online bookmakers now offer markets, offers and free bets on the IPL with it one of cricket’s biggest yearly events. In fact, you’ll find that a number also offer live streams on games.
Brands such as 888sport and Boylesports all have a great range of odds, while you’ll find many more fantastic brands listed in our bookmaker reviews category.
Here we provide you with all the insight you need to select the right bookie for you, while you can find some of our top recommended brands below…
IPL Betting Markets
There are many markets you can bet on in the IPL, with the same sort of markets you’ll find in T20 Blast cricket and international ODI and T20 fixtures. Among the most common markets you’ll find that you can bet on are:
- Match Winner
- Top Batsman
- Top Bowler
- Runs in Over 1
- Individual Player Runs (Over/Under)
- Player to Hit 50
- Player to Hit 100
- Fall of First Wicket
- Highest Opening Partnership
- Match Sixes (Over/Under)
Previous IPL Winners
The IPL first began in 2008 and it has grown from strength-to-strength ever since. The Mumbai Indians have won the most titles during that time with four, while when it comes to individual players, Virat Kohli comfortably leads the way with the most runs in the competition with a total of 5,843. With the ball, Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga has the most wickets with 170, although Amit Mishra isn’t too far behind.
The Mumbai Indians were 2019’s winner, with the side having won it four of the last seven times. The previous 10 winners can be found below…
- 2020: Mumbai Indians
- 2019: Mumbai Indians
- 2018: Chennai Super Kings
- 2017: Mumbai Indians
- 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad
- 2015: Mumbai Indians
- 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders
- 2013: Mumbai Indians
- 2012: Kolkata Knight Riders
- 2011: Chennai Super Kings
- 2010: Chennai Super Kings