Favourites & Underdogs for the 2019 Cricket World Cup

With the ICC Cricket World Cup just around the corner, bookmakers and betting sites have opened up their virtual doors to the public for outright betting and match markets. If you are considering placing a bet on the tournament, or on any of the upcoming World Cup fixtures, knowing who the favourites are is the first step.

This year there are ten teams participating in the Cricket World Cup., including Afghanistan who managed to win the qualification tournament and book their spot amongst the big guns. To give you an advantage, we’ve taken a look at the official ICC rankings, as well as the team and player favourites for the tournament.

ICC ODI Rankings

The 2019 Cricket World Cup is a One Day International (ODI) style tournament in which teams get 50 overs each to score as many runs as possible. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has ranked each team in each format, including Test, ODI and T20. They are ranked according to the number of games and tournaments won over the past calendar year. The current ODI rankings can be used as a good indicator of how the teams are going to perform in the Cup, and are invaluable cricinfo for bettors. The rankings are as follows:

1. England

2. India

3. New Zealand

4. Australia

5. South Africa

6. Pakistan

7. Bangladesh

8. Sri Lanka

9. West Indies

10. Afghanistan

How Teams Are Ranked for the Cricket World Cup

For Cricket World Cup purposes bookmakers don’t always go according to the ICC ODI rankings. There are other factors to take into consideration, including home ground advantage and past performances in World Cup fixtures. South Africa for example, has never been past the semi-finals, while Australia have one the Cup more times than any other country. New Zealand has won more matches than South Africa, but the Proteas are playing a better short game this year. The clear favourites this year are England, as they are ranked the highest and they are the host. The underdogs are Afghanistan, who has only played in one Cricket World Cup before.

Favourite Batsman

Along with the usual selection of outright and match markets, many bookmakers will be posting odds on prop markets. A popular prop market is predicting the top scoring batsman of the game and if any off the batsman wills core a century (100 runs) in a match. If you know your cricinfo, your teams and your batsman, it is a lot easier to predict when a big hitter is coming to the crease. To make things easier for you, we have listed the favourite batsman of the tournament. These are batsman who have the highest ODI batting averages and tend to score big in the shortened version of the game.   

1. Virat Kohli - India

2. Kane Williamson - New Zealand

3. Cheteshwar Pujara - India

4. Steven Smith - Australia

5. Henry Nicholls - New Zealand

6. Joe Root - England

7. David Warner - Australia

8. Aiden Markram - South Africa

9. Quinton de Kock - South Africa

10. Faf du Plessis - South Africa       

Favourite Bowlers

If you are looking for more betting options, bookmakers also have prop markets on the bowlers and bowling figures. These can include which bowler will take the most wickets in the match and if any of the bowlers will take a five-wicket haul. The top bowling favourites for the Cricket World Cup include:

1. Pat Cummins - Australia             

2. James Anderson - England               

3. Kagiso Rabada - South Africa       

4. Vernon Philander - South Africa       

5. Neil Wagner - New Zealand     

6. Ravindra Jadeja - India     

7. Trent Boult - New Zealand     

8. Jason Holder - West Indies        

9. Mohammad Abbas - Pakistan

10. Ravichandran Ashwin - India

If you’re looking for useful cricinfo about the best players in Cricket World Cup, check out our Star Players page to learn more.