Top run-scorer betting at ICC World Cup

With the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales soon to grip the attention of the cricketing world, we take a look at the popular leading run-scorer betting.

This is simply betting on which player from any of the 10 nations competing will score the most total runs throughout the tournament.

All indications are that bat will dominate ball during this tournament, with expected flat pitches and small grounds. With today’s equipment, a flick off the pads can clear the ropes at many of the arenas.

We aim to provide some general guidelines on finding some value in the markets for the top run-scorer at the 2019 World Cup.

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Best bookmakers for betting on World Cup top run-scorer

Many of the markets for the ICC 50-over World Cup will be framed in the weeks leading up the opening match on May 30 at The Oval in London.

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Top run-scorers from previous ICC World Cups

Here at WGL, we believe it would be foolish to ignore what has happened at previous 50-over World Cups when assessing the betting for the 2019 version. So we have compiled a table of the top run-scorers from all the previous tournaments, including what we see as a key factor: where the top run-scorer batted in the year in which they scored so many runs.

For example, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar batted largely at No.4 in Test cricket but in the 1996 and 2003 World Cups when he topped the run lists, he was playing as an opener.

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Year Player (country) Runs Top score Batting position Average Host/s
1975 Glenn Turner (New Zealand) 333 171no Opener 166.5 England
1979 Gordon Greenidge (WI) 253 106no Opener 84.33 England
1983 David Gower (Eng) 384 130 No.3 76.80 England
1987 Graham Gooch (Eng) 471 115 Opener 58.87 India, Pakistan
1992 Martin Crowe (NZ) 456 100no No.4 114.00 Australia, New Zealand
1996 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 523 137 Opener 87.16 Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka
1999 Rahul Dravid (Ind) 461 145 No.3 65.85 England, Wales
2003 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 673 152 Opener 61.18 South Africa
2007 Matthew Hayden (Aus) 659 158 Opener 73.22 West Indies
2011 Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 500 144 Opener 62.50 India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
2015 Martin Guptill (NZ) 547 237no Opener 68.37 Australia, New Zealand
2019 Rohit Sharma (Ind) 648 140 Opener 81.00 England, Wales
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Top run-scorer tips for ICC World Cup

Not bad for openers: From the above table, it’s pretty clear that the leading run-scorer will be a player opening the batting for their team. In the 11 previous World Cups, eight times an opener has topped the charts. The other three titles went to No.3 twice and No.4 once. Of course, the openers get first crack at the bowling and can score heavily early when the fielding restrictions apply for the power play. Only two fieldsmen are allowed outside the 30-metre circle for the first 10 overs.

Advantage to top teams: Of course, the teams which advance to the play-off rounds will provide their batsmen with more opportunities to rack up the runs. The top four in betting are England, India, Australia and South Africa, so if you fancy a top-order batsman from one of those teams, you can bet with confidence that they will get every chance.

No longer any easybeats: In past 50-over World Cups, it was important to study the draw to see who would get a crack at minnows of world cricket and might be able to smash up an easy ton to pad out their numbers. With only 10 teams competing this time around and each team playing the other, that idea is largely dead. Especially when you consider the bottom couple of teams such as Bangladesh and Afghanistan boast an array of deadly spinners to supplement useful seam attacks.

Early tips for leading run-scorer at 2019 ICC World Cup

We are flying a little blind here some of the teams are yet to be finalised, but here are the three batsmen we think will make a big impression in England and Wales.

David Warner (Australia): Love him or hate him, it’s hard to ignore the power-packed left-hander’s record in all forms of the game. Of course, he spent a year out of the game after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, but his stunning return to the Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad showed he has hardly missed a beat. Warner clubbed 692 runs in 12 innings at almost 70 for the Sunrisers and should be ready to go despite the expected jeers he will endure.

Virat Kohli (India): Arguably the best batsman of his generation and will most likely bat at No.3 in this tournament. Kohli is a run-scoring machine. Not only can he score quickly but he also has the temperament to go on and make big scores. Add to that the enormous support the Indian national team get wherever they go. Indeed some of their matches here will feel like home matches. A superstar in every form of the game.

Babar Azam (Pakistan): This phenomenon is our value bet at juicy odds. He has set all sorts of records early on and this could be his coming-out party. Azam can score quickly and heavily and if he gets goings could propel Pakistan towards the finals.

What betting sites have top run scorer markets

All of the leading online betting sites will have extensive markets on the 2019 World Cup, including the top run scorer market, although none of our recommended bookies is yet to launch this market, largely because many teams are yet to be finalised.

The will update this page as more markets are released for top run scorer betting for the 2019 cricket World Cup.