Mention the word ‘cricket’ in India and you are most likely to get a positive reaction from the public. When I say public, I am mostly referring to men of all age groups.
As per the stereotype, women can’t possible show an interest in the game and are instead relegated to other activities.
Well guess what! I am hear to smash these silly stereotypes and have created this site dedicated to all things cricket. Yes, that is right, I will cover the game in all its glory specifically to the art of cricket betting.
Let’s face it, online cricket betting can be quite enjoyable if done properly and it doesn’t have to involve you breaking the bank. The purpose of this website is to get you started with online betting in a legal and profitable way. After reading our helpful betting guides, you will be selecting a bookmaker of your choice in no time!
You will also find answers to some of the more pressing questions surrounding online betting in India. There is a lot of greyness surrounding the legality of cricket betting in India so it is good to have answers to questions such as –
- What are the most popular betting sports in India?
- Am I legally allowed to place bets in India?
- Is it possible to make money off Online Betting?
- Are all cricket betting sites the same in India?
- How do I withdraw my funds from the Cricket Betting Sites?
- Why have I received an Online Betting Bonus?
So, without further ado, let’s look at these questions in more detail so you can familiarise yourself with the fascinating world of online cricket betting.
Online Betting | What are the most popular betting sports in India?
Talk to anyone in India and they are most likely to mention Bollywood or Cricket as their favourite pastimes….more often you will meet Indians who are extremely passionate about both. Venture into the bigger cities or even the small alleyways and you are bound to find kids, adults even seniors engaging in a game of cricket. Most begin their journey playing with a tennis ball and bat before graduating to hardball cricket. Watching cricket is another favourite pastime in India and is best enjoyed when you watch cricket games with your friends and family members. Nothing gets the adrenaline going than watching a match between India and Pakistan!
It therefore comes as no surprise that online betting sites have paid head to this and offer cricket as a sport that Indian punters can place bets on. Most of betting sites have gone the distance by creating dedicated betting apps that you can download for your iOS and Android devices. Remember India is a market with huge Android penetration so it makes sense for bookmakers to provide APKs on the Google PlayStore that users can download and place bets on.
Beyond cricket, India has established quite a fan base for other sports as well. Horse racing is popular and is considered a sport for the elite. The government has gone as far as to deem betting on horse racing to be legal as it consider it a game of skill. Overtaking hockey as the second most popular sport in India, the well established betting sites even provide live streaming of the races which further adds to the excitement of placing bets online.
Football is another sport that has been gaining popularity over the years. Bhaichung Bhutia has been instrumental in making football accessible to the masses, was awarded the coveted Padmashree and was truly the first football superstar to come out of India. Nicknamed the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills, Bhutia had a career that spanned nearly two decades and was the first and only Indian to play for Bury, the English Premier League team. When signing up with a betting site in India, make sure they offer the possibility for placing bets on football as not every bookmaker that serves India currently does..
Will I Be Breaking the Law by Betting in India?
No need to panic here. Online cricket betting is legal in India as there are no federal laws that prohibit online betting. The Indian government has placed the onus on each individual state to set rules and regulations surrounding betting. Some states have more relaxed laws while others are stricter.
Sikkim is a perfect example of a state that is trying to establish an online betting licensing system. The state has realised the potential that online betting has to offer with regards to revenue generation and curbing other illegal activities and is working hard to make it easier for its inhabitants to place bets.
On the flip side states such as Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have banned all forms of online betting in India, and anyone found guilty of breaking the law can be sent to prison for a period of one year. So unfortunately it is not as clear cut as I would like for it to be.
Gambling Act of 1867 and its impact on Online Cricket Betting
As per the Gambling Act of 1867, casino and other gambling activities are prohibited. There is no mention of cricket betting and certainly no mention of online cricket betting as there was no internet to begin with at that time. In the case of Dr KR Lakshmanan v. State of Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court of India recognised that there were certain games that were considered as game of skill. These included horse racing, chess, rummy, golf, baseball and football.
Placing bets on horse racing was considered to be a game of skill as the punter was required to make an informed decision by taking several factors into consideration. Factors such as judging the nature of the race along with the form of the horse and the jockey.
Based on this fact alone, you will be right to concur that cricket should be considered as a game of skill as well. There are several variables that come into play that the betting punter must evaluate when placing a bet. These include but not limited to the location of where the match is taking place, the condition of the pitch and weather, the squad composition and so much more. The fact that cricket betting is not considered a game of skill simply confounds me.
Despite this anomaly in the gambling laws, you may have also noticed that bookmakers that are currently offering their cricket betting services in India are in fact based outside of India. As per the federal law, it is illegal for an online cricket betting site to offer its services while being based in the country.
However, there is nothing that prevents offshore companies to provide their services to the residents of India. Most bookmakers will either have their operations in Malta, Gibraltar and Curacao.
Will the Online Betting sites accept deposits in Indian Rupees?
Yes, and there are two reasons for this. First, as per the Federal Exchange Management Act (FEMA), it is considered an illegal act for an individual to Indian Rupees into foreign currency outside of a licensed bank or exchange bureau. Secondly, it is just good practice to offer local currency to punters. Not everyone will have access to foreign currency so it makes sense for the bookmakers to localise their products and offer players the ability to play in Indian rupees.
Do Online Betting sites accept Low Deposits?
Depends on the betting site but now more and more bookmakers entering the Indian market have realised that it is best to allow small deposits so that punters can familiarise themselves with the site before they decide to invest big. Sites like Betway, Bet365 and 22Bet allow you to make deposits as low as Rs200, Rs.350 and Rs.500 respectively. You can deposit even as low as Rs.150 if you go via the cryptocurrency route and make a deposit at Parimatch.
You can make these low deposits via several banking options which include PayTM, UPI, PhonePe or Google Pay. You can go utilise some of the international e-wallets which include Skrill, Neteller, ecoPayz and MuchBetter. The cricket betting sites that are currently promoting their products in India have paid close attention to the payment methods, ensuring that customers are able to deposit with little to no hassle.
Is it possible to make money off Online Betting?
Yes, it is but be warned that this is not something that will happen overnight. As is the case with any venture or hobby that you undertake there is a decent amount of homework that needs to be put into it.
The first step into making money off online cricket betting is to select a bookmaker. Luckily for players in India, there are now tons of options available. This was certainly not the case a few years ago where you could only create an account on Betway or Bet365. The good thing that is that we have created accounts on each and every betting site currently offering their services in India.
Even though all the sites listed on Cricket Betting Wali are safe and secure, they do differ from one another in a variety of ways. These include but not limited to their user interface, welcome bonus, mobile capability, banking options and customer support timings.
Head over to the reviews section and you will find detailed reviews on each bookmaker, casino listed on my site. I have gone through the trouble of analysing each and every aspect of these sites so that you don’t have to waste your time doing so!
Are all Cricket Betting Sites the Same in India?
No. As mentioned above, while most will strive to provide you with a decent number of options, the reality is that some will be better than others. For example, while 22Bet do provide cricket betting options, their forte lies in world of football. Their coverage of the sport is heads and shoulders above what is being offered by the competition. However, when you compare them to Parimatch, their options for eSports betting are not as strong. It really comes down to your preferences as to which online betting site you feel suits your needs best.
Once you have selected the cricket betting site of your choice, you will need to fund your player account. Nothing can be more frustrating than to create an account with a bookmaker and not find your preferred banking option. This was certainly the case a few years back when bookmakers were not aware of the most popular payment methods in India.
Thankfully with increased competition in the gambling industry, nearly every cricket betting site or casino offers a wide range of banking options. The betting sites have realised that offering a good range of payment methods can be a deciding factor for when a player is choosing their gambling site. Some of the more popular methods found in online betting sites in India include –
- NetBanking (Online Bank Transfer)
- Google Pay
- AstroPay Card
Some bookmakers such as PureWin will even allow you to deposit funds using cryptocurrency. Each method comes with its own set of pros and cons so head over to the Banking Options section of the site to learn more about each method.
How do I withdraw my funds from Cricket Betting Sites?
This has become fairly easy as well. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to provide the right documents that the betting site will ask you for verification purposes. Online betting sites are governed by the licenses they hold so they need to make sure that they follow a strict protocol when it comes to releasing funds. This means providing the winnings to the correct person and to ensure that funds are only released if there are no concerns from the betting site with regards money laundering or any other illegal activity.
Once you have provided the documents, the online betting sites take anywhere between 24 – 72 hours to release the funds. The time varies due to the withdrawal payment method which can either be a personal bank account or the payment method you have selected from the list of options available. Some betting sites will require you to withdraw using the same method that you used to make a deposit. This is to prevent the funds being sent illegally to a 3rd party.
Why have I received an Online Betting bonus?
You may have noticed that after you made your first deposit at the betting site that some extra funds were added into your account. For some these funds can also be found in the ‘Rewards’ section of the site. These funds reflect the welcome offer or welcome bonus provided by the bookmaker. The most common is a match deposit bonus which does exactly that. It matches the amount of deposit your first, so if you end up depositing ₹500, you will receive an additional ₹500 from the betting site.
This is not an error on part of the bookmaker, but it is courtesy of the increased competition in the market. With new online betting sites venturing into India, bookmakers need to find a way to attract players onto their site. This is not a deviant scheme to entrap you but more of a marketing ploy to get you to open an account with their site. As is the case with any type of bonus offer, these come with certain terms and conditions that need to be fulfilled before you can withdraw any winnings earned when using the bonus.
Some of the more popular online betting promotions include:
One of the most popular forms of bonuses given out by online betting sites. These allow you to wager bets on games without you having to place down any of your actual money. This is the perfect way for you to familiarise yourself with the betting site, the layout, the betting mechanics before you go any deeper. Most betting sites will provide these free bets on a regular basis such as Betway via their Free Bet Club Promotion.
The best possible outcome when placing a bet is for you to win it. The next best outcome is if you end up losing the bet but the online betting site gives you a percentage of your losses back to you. These losses can be reinvested in future bets! How great is that? Not only do you get to claw back some of the money that you had lost in the bet but you also get to place future bets with your losses.
This a great way for bookmakers to attract new customers and keep their existing players happy and works when bookmakers offer enhanced or boosted odds on certain markets usually for a limited period of time. You are most likely to find these in the ‘specials’or ‘boosts’ tab in the main menu. While horse racing and football are two sports where these boosted odds are found more commonly, it is not unheard of for online betting sites to offer these to cricket related matches as well. Always be on the look out for these enhanced odds as they are time sensitive and wont hang around for too long.
The next logical step in your online betting journey is for you to start placing bets on the sport of your choice. Once you are comfortable with the selected bookmaker, have made your first deposit and earned your online betting bonus then you need to head to the game selection menu.
A popular destination for most Indians would be the cricket match. Within that page itself, you then need to select the event you wish to place bets on be it the Indian Premier League , World Cup or Champions Trophy as examples.
Next up, you drill down to the specific match within the tournament, select the betting option which will then be added to your betting slip. Here you can adjust the amount of money you wish to add to the bet and then click confirm to solidify your option. That’s it!
If you have followed all the steps laid out above, then you have just placed your first. All you need to do now is to wait to see if your desired outcome comes true.
Whilst on your betting journey you will come across several features within the bookmaker that will enhance your online betting experience. Here are some of the features you should try out –
As the name suggest, this is the act of placing bets on an event that is taking place in real time. Most betting sites that I have listed will provide you with some degree of live betting experience. While some might let you place bets in real time others will provide you with the full shebang of match analysis, commentary and even a virtual rendition of the live game. All these extra bits combined elevate the betting experience by making you more informed and involved in the action. Not only can you place bets in real time but can also cash out in real time as well.
By integrating live streaming into their platforms, bookmakers give players the opportunity to place bets and also watch the sporting event on their platform. Because of this, betting and watching stopped having to be two separate activities.
In order to take advantage of this service you need to have a device be it a smartphone, tablet or computer that has decent internet connection. You will also be required to make a deposit in order to enjoy live streaming. Betway is a betting site that has taken live streaming and betting to the next level. They offer smooth coverage and additional info on the screen and this service is carried over to their eSports product as well. This just shows how ahead of the curve Betway really are!
Cricket Betting Tips | Where can I find some?
Right here! This whole site has been designed to provide you with the cricket best betting tips whether that relates to sports betting, online casino or playing the lottery. There is an entire section dedicated to cricket betting tips where I explain the betting odds terminology, how you should decipher them and then use them to place intelligent bets.
I also provide insights on the main cricket betting markets and the little bit of homework you should be doing before the start of any cricket match. Don’t worry, the homework only takes a few minutes but helps you get a better picture of the match at hand and the betting options you have for the day.
Last but not least, there is also a section that provides information on the different events and tournaments that happen throughout the year. Trust me there is a lot more going on in the cricketing world than just the Indian Premier League.
What are the Best Cricket Betting Apps?
Let’s face it, we all spend the majority of our time looking at the smaller screen. For some this is the best way to consume content as they might be in transit or might not have the luxury of owning a 100 inch flat screen. Regardless, the data clearly shows that us Indians are spending more and time on smartphones which is a good sign as it shows that India is making progress with regards to the affordability of handsets and increased coverage of internet.
The bookmakers are more or less aware of this and the top tier ones at least have sprung up some pretty nifty cricket betting apps. It is quite unfortunate that not more have invested into developing betting apps as that will surely increase their brand presence. If you are keen on finding out exactly what cricket betting apps are available then head over to section dedicated to mobile apps and start downloading the latest ones for your cricket betting needs.