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How to bet on the man of the match in cricket?
Interestingly, a man of the match betting markets are becoming more and more popular in cricket.
First of all, it should be noted that these markets present a much better chance of success for the gambler in the shorter formats of the game, where players in set positions are much more likely to make an impact on proceedings.
Opening batsmen, for instance, regularly win the award more times than any other position over the course of a season – primarily because they have the best chance to make an impression.
Secondly, punters should recognize that the vast majority of a man of the match winners come from the winning side. While some smaller teams’ star players – such as Rashid Khan of Afghanistan – will appear on face value to provide excellent value in these markets, an objectively lesser performance from a member of the opposition is likely to nab the award in the eventuality that Afghanistan lose.
With the exception of one or two superhuman superstars such as Virat Kohli of India, you’ll generally expect to see 6.0 or better on these markets. For someone like Khan playing against India, that could be 15.0 or higher.
When making an assessment on who is likely to win the award in any particular game, it would be prudent to check a player’s recent form, their form against the opposition on the day and their record on the ground at which the match is being played.
A useful cheat to this market is to bet on more than one player from the same team (specifically the side you expect to win the game in question) or, given the size of the odds available on man of the match awards, bet on more than one player from either side.