The excitement of a live cricket match is doubled when you start making predictions about the winner. Predicting the winner of a cricket match has become one of the most popular pastimes in India. It’s a way for fans to show off their knowledge and understanding of the game.
With the number of events on the cricket calendar growing every year, there’s no dearth of opportunities to win bragging rights with your correct predictions. Here are some of the best tips to consider before making a prediction:
- Check Out Teams’ Recent Performances
While there’s no guarantee that a team in form will continue to be in form, studying the recent performances will give you an idea of what’s going right for the team. Look for consistencies or lack thereof in the batting and bowling performances.
Make a note of the impact players who have played a major role in their team’s wins. Notice if the teams have depended only on a few players in their wins. To do so, find the results of matches wherein some of the key players of a team have either failed to deliver or been left out of the playing XI. This will also give you an idea of the team’s bench strength.
- Find Out The Head-To-Head Stats
The reason to study historical stats is to gain more insight into the nature of the contest between the two sides. A team could have won five out of seven head-to-head matches against the opposition and yet lose on the eighth occasion. Hence, be careful with your interpretation of these numbers. Looking at the past head-to-head matches, you can spot the key battles and then find more information on the match-ups. For example, in an England vs India Test match in England, find the match-up between James Anderson and Virat Kohli. When you analyse the two teams in this way, you get a clearer picture as to which side has an edge.
- Consider The Current Form Of Players
Teams always try to strike a right balance between experience and youth in their squads. It can be tempting to trust the experienced players with many milestones to their names when predicting the winner. However, the current form of players is a more reliable factor to consider in your prediction.
- Follow The Latest News And Experts’ Opinions
Any updates on player injuries or other factors that impact selections are valuable. Read up on opinions or insights from experts such as former cricketers, sports journalists, or match prediction analysts like Cricket Baazigar with a great understanding of current game data and statistics, including the players involved.
You can learn the weaknesses of certain players that the technical eye of these experts will never miss. The technical aspects of the game discussed in these articles or videos will help you fine-tune your match predictions.
Additionally, remember to look for the venue records to find out whether the team batting first or second has won more matches. In the venue stats, you can also find the average 1st and 2nd innings score. If you go through the recent matches played at the venue, look for the more successful style of bowling – spin, seam, or swing.
- Weather And Pitch Conditions
For a Test match, particularly in England, weather is a big factor. Overcast conditions help swing bowlers and without the sun, the pitch may not have enough help for spin bowlers on day 4 and 5.
A pitch with grass will offer movement for seam bowlers which has a significant impact even in T20s. Assess these conditions and cross check them with the bowling attack and batting abilities of the two teams. Find out which of the two teams has a setup that’s better suited for these conditions.