While the fans will be hoping that the batsman bring the swashbuckling entertainment to the Cricket World Cup, it is the bowlers that will ultimately bring the prize. After an IPL that saw the spinners dominate on the dusty tracks of the Sub-Continent, conditions in England will for sure favour pace and seam. Form Labs bring you their betting tips for who they think will be the top bowlers of the tournament while we have plenty of value and player specials waiting for you!
Seamers Tend To Dominate
In the four World Cups to take place this century, the top wicket-taker was a seam bowler, with the exception when Shahid Afridi shared the honours with Zaheer Khan in 2011 in sub-continent conditions.
In the expected conditions spinners’ roles could be to contain rather than take wickets, even those with mystery such as Kuldeep Yadav, Imran Tahir and joint-favourite Adil Rashid.
England’s leggy has been brilliant over the last few years, but he got little help from the surfaces in the recent ODI series with Pakistan, picking up just three wickets over five games (four ODIs and one T20).
Pace Up Front Is Where To Look
White ball cricket can be pretty unforgiving for bowlers, but wickets are most likely to be taken first up and when batsmen are trying to hit out at the end, so we’re favouring the quicks.
Pace and ability to bowl variations at the death are the all-important elements in these conditions, rather than those who require assistance off the pitch or movement in the air.
Trent Boult is a class bowler and was the top wicket taker along with Michell Starc in 2015, but the ball did plenty first up.
We’d favour the Aussie this time around, but his injury record makes him a risk, and instead our first pick is a compatriot of the left-armer.
Cummins In Top Form
In Starc’s recent absence, Pat Cummins (17.00) has led the Australian attack superbly. In 2019, he’s been the most effective ODI bowler in the world, picking up 17 wickets in just six matches.
He’ll be able to get the most out of any bowler-friendly conditions first up, but even on complete roads he has express-pace to trouble batsman.
His standing in this Aussie team has led to him becoming vice-captain and he’s major player in this market.
Bumrah Will Be A Handful
Jofra Archer (17.00) has all the skills required to go well and will probably be England’s go-to man at the death. However, it’s his economy rate that really stands out, rather the wickets column.
Out of all the pace bowlers to play in at least 10 matches in this year’s IPL, he had the second-best economy rate (6.76), but averaged just one wicket a game.
Jasprit Bumrah (15.00) was the only quick to have a better economy, and he took 19 wickets in 16 matches.
Furthermore, the Indian fast bowler is proven on the international stage and is one of the world’s best at the death with his deadeye yorkers and fantastic variations.
He proved this with a sensational man of the match display in the final of the IPL – taking 2/14. He’ll be Kohli’s go-to-man and with a bowling average of 22.15 in 49 ODI matches, Bumrah deserves his place at the top of the market.
Ngidi Looks Decent Value
The South African’s have numerous quality seam options and they’ll no doubt be superbly led by Kagiso Rabada (17.00).
Fresh off a sensational IPL, the 23-year-old deserves to be amongst the favourites but at almost twice the price, it’s Lungi Ngidi (29.00) who piques our interest. Standing at over 6’3” and able to reach 90mph, Ngidi is an out-and-out wicket-taker.
In his short international career, he averages 11.63 in T20s, 19.53 in Tests and 21.64 in ODIs, taking 34 wickets in 18 matches to date. On pitches that may not offer much, the extra bounce he gets will give him an edge over may of his rivals.
Top Bowler Betting Tips
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