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Choosing the Best Cricket Betting Site in India

Placing bets on your favourite cricket matches can be fun and financially rewarding at the same time. With over a billion people in India and improvements being made in both internet and mobile handset technology, it is becoming easier for Indian punters to place their bets. The subcontinent has also seen what can be described as an invasion of bookmakers.

Established bookmakers that were once highly dependent on UK and Swedish traffic are making a Beeline towards the lucrative Indian market. While having choice is great for the punters, it also opens up the potential of signing up to betting sites that might not provide you with the best experience.

Thankfully, sites like provide a thorough review section of each bookmaker that makes its way into India. The site focuses on aspects from the welcome offer to the type of games you can place bets on to the customer service department of the said bookmaker. From our point of view, that should be your starting point in your cricket betting journey.

While sites such as the one mentioned above are a good starting point, it is also advisable for you to carry on your own research when it comes to the bookmaker you will ultimately use for sports betting. In this article we list down the different factors you need to consider when choosing a bookmaker.

Sports Betting

If you are mainly looking to place bets on sports then you should ideally go for a site that specialises in sports betting. Ever heard the phrase, jack of all and king of none? Well, that is exactly what applies in this instance as well. Furthermore, it is important for you to narrow down the sports you will be betting on. Most sites that are now entering India will provide you with options to bet on cricket matches as well as other known sports such as football and hockey. If you feel that you would like to dabble in other games such as teen patti, andar bahar and live casino, then look for a renowned site that offers casino games as well.


When we talk about legality here, we are referring to whether the bookmaker is fully licensed and regulated by the relevant Gambling Commission. The easiest way to do that is to scroll down to the bottom of the site and look out for logos such as Malta Gaming Association (MGA), United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) and Curacao. These three are renowned for creating a safe and secure environment for the players. In order to obtain a license from these, the bookmaker must follow certain protocols. This is a factor that needs to be especially considered in a country like India where there is confusion with regards to the legality of online gambling.

Welcome Bonuses

With the competition heating up in India, bookmakers will try their best to entice prospective players with unique welcome offers. These can either be sign up or deposit bonuses. A sign up bonus is where you get rewarded for simply filling out the registration form. The most common form of a sign up bonus is providing free spins on certain slot games or even providing a free bet.

While this might seem shady at first, it is a perfectly normal practice that bookmakers deploy. The only thing you need to be careful of are the terms and conditions associated with such bonuses. Usually there will be playthrough requirements or wagering requirements in order for you to access this bonus.

A deposit bonus is exactly what the name suggests. The bookmaker provides you with a match deposit offer either in the form of a bet or casino bonus. Most bookmakers will limit this to a 100% deposit bonus while some might provide even higher. As is the case with the free bonus, make sure you read the terms and conditions before you opt into one.

User Experience

Bookmakers will try to provide you with a registration form that is as minimal as possible. They are eager to get you to sign up to their platform so the process of actually creating an account will be simple. The real test of a bookmaker is what happens after the sign up process. By this we mean how easy is the site to navigate through and to access your desired game.

Also, important to note is how good the site functions on mobile. Most players are on their mobile handsets when placing bets so the site needs to be optimised to be able to handle such requests. A poor user experience on mobile or the absence of a mobile app could be a good enough reason for you to consider a different bookmaker.

In Play / Live Betting

Nothing can be more exciting than placing bets on a match that is live. Most of the bookmakers that have entered India realise the importance of in play betting and will provide you with odds that change depending on the status of the match. Having in play betting is certainly a plus especially when you consider the shorter formats of cricket such as T20.

Live Streaming

This is where most of the betting sites that have entered India have faltered. While we do realise that securing the rights to stream certain events such as the World Cup or Champions Trophy can be extremely expensive, it does provide a substantial edge to a bookmaker if they have managed to get them.

Odds Coverage

Last but not least, you should consider the quality of odds coverage. If the betting site you choose is weak in providing odds for cricket then you will not get an accurate view of the betting trends for a cricket match.

In summary, we encourage to take all of these factors into consideration when choosing a bookmaker. Online gambling can be fun but you need to make sure that it is done with a site that provides you with a safe environment. You will be submitting your sensitive information such as financial details to the site so always make sure that you choose one that puts you at ease when doing so.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or the management of EconoTimes

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