Indian Premier League betting

The IPL is indisputably the world’s most popular Twenty20 cricket league, which is hardly a surprise given the host nation’s population of just north of 1.25 billion.

But it is not only the weight of numbers (and money wagered with bookmakers, both legal and through less trustworthy channels) that makes this league so widely watched.

The IPL (through its player auction system) attracts the best of the world’s short-form cricketers to India for the seven-week tournament which runs roughly from early April to late May.

Add these explosive batsmen and skilful bowlers to the fanatical support from the terraces and you have a spectacle of the highest order. The noise at some of these matches is incredible.

Who does not love the sight of the likes of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle trying to put the pacemen and spinners alike to the sword?

The eight teams play each other twice during the regular part of the IPL tournament, with the top four teams then advancing to the play-offs.

In the play-offs the top team plays the second team for the right to advance straight to the final. The losers then play the winners of the elimination final between the third and fourth teams for the other place in the final.

How does the IPL player system work?

The franchises choose which players to retain and which to release from the previous season. Releasing players clears space in their salary cap which they can then use in the player auction, which is generally held in late January/early February.

The Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals return for the 2018 season after being suspended for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, while the teams that replaced them from Pune and Rajkot join the defunct list.

MS Dhoni leads the Super Kings for their return, while Steve Smith heads the Royals’ charge.

The Indian Premier League teams

Chennai Super Kings

The two-time champions are back after serving their two-year ban and no reason to think they won’t continue their wildly successful run. The franchise started in 2008 is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and plays its home matches at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium. It boasts such luminaries as MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and internationals Dwayne Bravo and Shane Watson on its roster for its return season.

Rajasthan Royals

The other returning team and the Royals will be hoping to find the form of the inaugural season of the IPL when they won the title. They have not made the final since. Home matches are played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur and also in Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The Royals are an interesting proposition in 2018 with Steve Smith back to lead the way, along with controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes and the likes of West Indian sensation Jofra Archer and hard-hitting Jos Buttler and Darcy Short, rated by many as the new David Warner.

Delhi Daredevils

One of the original franchises but the Daredevils have not yet enjoyed great success, especially when it comes to the play-offs. They reached the semi-finals in the 2008 and 2009 seasons and again made the play-off stage in 2012 but in the first eight editions of the IPL did not feature in the final. Their home ground is the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi and they play some home matches at the Raipur International Cricket Stadium.

Kolkata Knight Riders

One of the glamour teams of the competition and generally have backed it up with performances on the pitch. KKR, owned in part by the King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan, won the title in 2012 and 2014 after a few early years of struggle. The Knight Riders play in the biggest cricket stadium in India, Eden Gardens in Kolkata with a capacity of almost 70,000, and are also the most valuable of the franchises by estimated value. In 2016, South African great Jacques Kallis took over as coach.

Kings XI Punjab

The high point to date in the history of this foundation franchise was reaching the final of the 2014 tournament, which they lost to Kolkata. That season was driven by outstanding performances by all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was named player of the tournament. Bollywood superstar Preity Zinta brings the glamour to this franchise as part-owner and they play most home matches at PCA Stadium in Mohali. They tried a succession of Australian coaches in Tom Moody, Michael Bevan, Adam Gilchrist and Darren Lehmann before former Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar took the reins in 2014. They have gone back to the Australian angle with Brad Hodge the head coach for 2018.

Mumbai Indians

Another foundation franchise and the most successful in terms of titles won with three, having come out on top in 2013, 2015 and 2017. They play home matches at Wankhede Stadium. After a battle in the first two seasons, Mumbai have arguably set the benchmark for performance. Of course, it helps to have been able to call on players such as Indian national treasure Sachin Tendulkar and the world’s greatest T20 bowler Lasith Malinga from Sri Lanka. Oh, and any team that has the legendary Jonty Rhodes as fielding coach is sure to have an edge in saving runs the hard way.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

A foundation franchise and could be rated the nearly men of the IPL, making the play-offs four times in the first eight years and finishing runners-up in the final twice, in 2009 and 2011. Home ground is M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. They have India’s best batsman Virat Kohli in their line-up alongside South African superstar AB de Villiers and Kiwi crusher Brendon McCullum.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

SRH as they are known joined the IPL to replace Deccan Chargers for the 2013 season and have a real Australian flavour through coach Tom Moody and captain David Warner, the power-hitting left-handed opener. The Sunrisers, based in Hyderabad, made the play-offs in their debut season and won the title in 2016. Warner has New Zealand Test star Kane Williamson alongside at the top of the order to ensure the Sunrisers are dangerous opponents.

Defunct teams

Deccan Chargers
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Pune Warriors India
Rising Pune Supergiants
Gujarat Lions

List of Indian Premier League champions

Year Winners Runners-up Top run-scorer Top wicket-taker Player of series
2008 Rajasthan Royals Chennai Super Kings Shaun Marsh (Punjab) 616 Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan) 22 Shane Watson (Rajasthan)
2009 Deccan Chargers Royal Challengers Bangalore Matthew Hayden (Chennai) 572 RP Singh (Deccan) 23 Adam Gilchrist (Deccan)
2010 Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai) 618 Pragyan Ojha (Deccan) 21 Sachin Tendulkar
2011 Chennai Super Kings Royal Challengers Bangalore Chris Gayle (RCB)
Lasith Malinga (Mumbai) 28 Chris Gayle (RCB)
2012 Kolkata Knight Riders Chennai Super Kings Chris Gayle (RCB) 733 Morne Morkel (DD) 25 Sunil Narine (KKR)
2013 Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings Michael Hussey (CSK) 733 Dwayne Bravo (CSK) 32 Shane Watson (RR)
2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Kings XI Punjab Robin Uthappa (KKR) 660 Mohit Sharma (CSK) 23 Glenn Maxwell (KXIP)
2015 Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings David Warner (SRH) 562 Dwayne Bravo (CSK) 26 Andre Russell (KKR)
2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad Royal Challengers Bangalore Virat Kohli (RCB) 973 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) 23 Virat Kohli (RCB)
2017 Mumbai Indians Rising Pune Supergiants David Warner (SRH) 641 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) 26 Ben Stokes (RPS)
2018 Chennai Super Kings Sunrisers Hyderabad Kane Williamson (SRH) 735 Andrew Tye (KXIP) 24 Sunil Narine (KKR)

Betting on the IPL

It is almost impossible to gauge betting turnover on the Indian Premier League, given that a large percentage of it goes through illegal bookmakers in India and elsewhere. Suffice to say the numbers are eye-watering.

You can place bets on all the usual outcomes, such as head-to-head betting, most runs, most wickets and even the toss of the coin. See here for our guide to betting on cricket, including bet types.

You can also bet on such season-long propositions as the league’s top wicket-taker and run-scorer, who will be champions and even the player of the series.

Spot betting is also popular, particularly in the subcontinent, but not always available elsewhere. This is where you can bet on the outcome of pretty much any ball or event during a match. Will it be a wide, no-ball, hit for four, six, a single and so on. This is the form of betting arguably most open to match fixing, with players offered large sums of money to guarantee a certain outcome on a certain ball.

Whatever your preferred method of betting, we advise sticking with respected sportsbooks with a history of open and honest dealings for all your IPL wagers.

We will only recommend bookmakers with whom we have dealt for extended periods, and they will all have extensive options for betting on cricket and, particularly, the IPL.

Bet365 has a huge variety of cricket markets and offers competitive sign-up bonuses in the form of matching your initial deposit with bonus bets. See here.

Brief history of the Indian Premier League

The IPL was formed in 2008 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in response to the formation of the rebel Indian Cricket League, funded by billionaire Subhash Chandra, the founder of Zee Entertainment Enterprises.

The BCCI banned players from competing in the ICL and set about setting up its own domestic Twenty20 league, with businessman Lalit Modi charged with the task.

In January 2008, an auction was held to sell eight franchises for the new league. They fetched more than $US723 million and the franchises were to be based in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mohali, Hyderabad and Jaipur.

While the ICL went out of business in 2009, the IPL has thrived, though there have been a few controversies along the way, including the two-year suspensions handed to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals over a betting scandal.

Since the IPL’s inception other franchises – Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Pune Warriors India – have come and gone, while Deccan Chargers won a title in 2009 but before the 2013 season they were replaced by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Rising Pune Supergiants and Team Rajkot were announced in late 2015 as the replacements for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.