IPL Player Betting Guide

Like prop betting, there are plenty of profits to be made in online cricket satta with the IPL player betting markets.

In this section, we’ll teach you how to find individual players that will shine in 2020 and the different IPL awards up for grabs. More importantly, we’ll tell you how to separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of IPL player betting.

It’s not an exact science—nothing in cricket satta is—but follow these golden rules and you’ll certainly be on the right track. The IPL player bets listed here should give you a decent run for your money.

The Orange Cap: Top Batsman Betting

Every year, the top run scorer in the IPL is awarded the Orange Cap for scoring the most runs in the competition. As an added quirk, the in-season leader gets to wear the special orange cap, as a badge of honour.

For the record, the inimitable Virat Kohli, Indian skipper in all three formats no less, is the highest run scorer in IPL history. So, does that make him an automatic choice for top run scorer in 2020? Absolutely not, and we’re about to tell you why.

We’ll also tell you who your IPL player satta money should be on.

Let’s take a look at the requirements to win the Orange Cap and what it takes to be successful in Orange Cap betting.

Play every match

It sounds obvious, but dismiss this first factor at your peril. We mean two things here:

First, a batsman must play every match rather than coming in and out of the team. Pay special attention to overseas players who aren’t automatic choices. Because you can only play four overseas players in one game, they’re most at risk of being rotated depending on how team management decides to utilize its overseas players.

It’s one thing betting on David Warner, who will be the first name on the team sheet for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, but it’s quite another betting on Faf du Plessis of the Chennai Super Kings, who’s far less likely to play every match as an overseas player.

The second thing to consider here is that the Orange Cap winner must take part in the entire tournament. Take England’s Jos Buttler of the Rajasthan Royals, for example. There have been seasons where he’s been an Orange Cap contender at the midpoint, but then reports for international duty and loses his chance to claim the coveted Orange Cap, because he’s played fewer matches than his rivals.


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So, it’s worth knowing the respective international team schedules before placing your IPL player bets. They’re published months in advance, so there’s no excuse for not knowing which players may have to leave the IPL early.

On the other hand, Indian players don’t report for international duty at all because there’s a window for the IPL to take place when the national team isn’t playing. In other words, Indian players are always available to play the full tournament.

Having said that, the table below shows you that nine of the 12 batsmen to win the Orange Cap were overseas players, so they’re the ones to focus on.

Season Player Mat Runs
2008  Shaun Marsh (KXIP) 11 616
2009  Matthew Hayden (CSK) 12 572
2010  Sachin Tendulkar (MI) 15 618
2011  Chris Gayle (RCB) 12 608
2012  Chris Gayle (RCB) 15 733
2013  Michael Hussey (CSK) 16 733
2014  Robin Uthappa (KKR) 16 660
2015  David Warner (SRH) 14 562
2016  Virat Kohli (RCB) 16 973
2017  David Warner (SRH) 14 641
2018  Kane Williamson (SRH) 17 735
2019  David Warner (SRH) 12 692

Openers only, please

Want to know what all 12 winners of the Orange Cap have in common? They were all opening batsmen. Every single one of them. And before you say: “what about Kohli in 2016, who bats at three?” we’ll pre-empt that question by pointing out that yes, he does normally bat at three, but that season he didn’t: he opened the batting.

So why do openers always win the Orange Cap? Simple. Because they’re the only ones who are guaranteed to bat, they can potentially bat the whole 20 overs, so there’s no limit on how many runs they can score in a game. By opening the batting, these players are also around for the first six Powerplay Overs when the ball is hard and easier to whack. Also, it’s during the first six overs that the field is in and there’s far less protection on the boundaries.

Quality is key

Ticking the first two boxes alone doesn’t cut the mustard in Orange Cap betting. Just because someone is an opener and plays every game doesn’t automatically make them a good bet.

Just take a look at that list of Orange Cap winners: Sachin Tendulkar, David Warner, Chris Gayle, Mike Hussey, Kane Williamson … some of the finest players ever to pick up a bat in anger.

Consider a player’s T20 average (average number of runs for each time they’re dismissed), and strike rate (average number of runs per 100 balls faced). The first tells you how ‘good’ they are, the second tells you how quickly they score their runs.

For the record, anything above 40 for the average is excellent, and for the second criterion you’re looking at players who strike at anything above 120.

Look at it this way: even if a player faces exactly half the balls in an innings (60 balls), they’d only score 60 runs if they had a strike rate of 100. However, if they had a strike rate of 150, they’d score 90 runs off the same 60 balls. That’s a big difference. Add up those 25 or 30 extra runs per inning over the course of a season because they score so quickly and we’re talking about game-changing numbers, here.

Play for a successful side

Playing for a successful side is arguably the least important factor in Orange Cap contention, but is still worthy of consideration.

If you play every match in the group stages, but don’t play the playoffs, you’ll only ever play 14 matches. But if you make the final, you will have played 16 or 17 matches. Those extra three matches could potentially be worth 150 runs and could make all the difference.  But as we say, it’s not the be all and end all.

The 14 matches could be enough, if you’re good enough. Just look at David Warner. In 2019 he only played 12 matches … and still won it.

IPL 2020 Satta: Best Bets to Win the Orange Cap

There aren’t any IPL top batsman betting odds available at the time of writing, but here are the players to look out for. Remember to check the likes of Bet365 and Betway for current odds to win the Orange Cap.

David Warner: Last year’s winner ticks every single box. As an added bonus, the Hyderabad man’s T20 career strike rate is a mammoth 142. That means that if he hangs around for at least 40-odd balls, he’s going to get you a big score every time.

Quinton de Kock: The South African left-hander hasn’t quite fulfilled his potential in the IPL over the years, but he’s a wonderful player and can score incredibly quickly when he gets going, and to all parts of the ground. This could be the year when he really kicks on.

Orange Cap Bets to Avoid: 

Virat Kohli: The fact that he’s the record scorer in the IPL is a red herring. It’s only because he’s played more matches than just about anyone else. Yes, Kohli won it in 2016, but that’s when he was opening and not batting at three. It also doesn’t help that Bangalore are a poor side who rarely make the playoffs so he could play less matches. He’s almost always among the favourites, but you’re well-advised to swerve him.

The Purple Cap: Top Bowler Betting

If you’re an IPL player and better at having the ball in your hand than a bat, you might be eyeing the Purple Cap awarded to the IPL’s top bowler, or top wicket-taker, as they’re also known.

Similar to the Orange Cap, there are a few golden rules to stick to for IPL top bowler betting.

Let’s take a look at the criteria for Purple Cap betting:

Plays every match

Playing every match, as mentioned for top batsmen betting (see above), unsurprisingly applies to bowlers as well. You can’t win the Purple Cap if you’re not an automatic pick, and you’ll only very rarely win it if you leave the tournament early, so it’s important to pay attention to international schedules for your favourite picks in IPL 2020 Purple Cap betting.

Playing for a strong side that goes far in IPL 2020 will give players a better chance of playing more games, and this will of course help a bowler’s chances at claiming the coveted Purple Cap.

Bowls his full quota

In T20 cricket, bowlers can bowl a maximum of four overs, or 24 balls (6 balls x 4 overs). So, you want to make sure that your man almost always bowls his four overs. Yes, there will be times when a bowler has a particularly poor game and doesn’t bowl his full quota of four overs because a batsman takes a liking to him and hits him all over the ground … but that could happen to anyone.

What we’re saying is that you want to be picking high-class specialist bowlers who almost always bowl four overs, rather than all-rounders or part-time bowlers who bowl one or two overs per game. After all, you’re a lot more likely to take wickets bowling 24 deliveries than you are with twelve of them.

To use real-life examples, when looking at top bowler satta, go with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Sunil Narine who are specialist bowlers that almost always bowl four overs. Ben Stokes and Glenn Maxwell are all-rounders who bowl one or two overs, and occasionally none, so it’s important to get the most out of your IPL player bets and stay informed about which players will have the best opportunities to bowl plenty of overs.

Pace bowlers win the day

On those low, turning Indian wickets, spin can get players into a real tangle and the spinners are going to be the wicket-taking kings, right?

Well, you’d think so, but that really isn’t the case. Have a look at the past winners and you’ll quickly see that only two of them—Pragyan Ojha in 2010 and Imran Tahir in 2019—were spinners. It’s a little hard to believe, but the stats don’t lie.

So, focus on the pace bowlers.

Season Player[15] Mat Wickets
2008  Sohail Tanvir (RR) 11 22
2009  R. P. Singh (DC) 16 23
2010  Pragyan Ojha (DC) 16 21
2011  Lasith Malinga (MI) 16 28
2012  Morne Morkel (DD) 16 25
2013  Dwayne Bravo (CSK) 18 32
2014  Mohit Sharma (CSK) 16 23
2015  Dwayne Bravo (CSK) 16 26
2016  Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) 17 23
2017  Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) 14 26
2018  Andrew Tye (KXIP) 14 24
2019  Imran Tahir (CSK) 17 26

Start and death overs

Not only is Tahir an exception in terms of being a spin bowler, but also in terms of not being a ‘start and death’ bowler. By that we mean bowlers who bowl at the start of an innings and also at the end of an innings, also known as the ‘death’ overs.

Those who bowl in these situations are more likely to take wickets because those are the times when batsmen tend to take more risks. The more risks they take, the more likely they are to get out.

IPL 2020 Top Bowler Betting: Best Bets to Win the Purple Cap

Again, no betting odds are currently available for the top bowler betting market, but we’ll mention a couple of players to look out for. Again, Bet365 and Betway are excellent sportsbooks for betting on these cricket markets.

Let’s take a look at our favourite picks and best bets to win the Purple Cap at IPL 2020:

Pat Cummins: The Aussie paceman at the Kolkata Knight Riders was the most expensive purchase at the 2020 IPL auction and it’s not hard to see why. Cummins can mix it up with a huge variety of deliveries and he is one of the toughest competitors around.

Jasprit Bumrah: A death-overs specialist who bowls quick, full and straight. This is a perfect recipe for taking wickets. Mumbai always go far in the IPL tournament so he could play a couple of extra games over some of his competitors.

One to avoid

Mitchell Starc: Mitchell Starc is as good as anyone, but he’s injury-prone. He’ll be one of the favourites, but there’s no point betting on him if he’s going to end up in the treatment room soon.

IPL Player of the Tournament Betting

Also known as ‘Man of the Series’, this is arguably the award that players would most like to win. You’re not just trying to beat other batsmen or bowlers here, you’re trying to beat everyone! That’s because either a batsman or a bowler can win the prestigious IPL Player of the Tournament award.

In IPL satta, you’ll be handsomely rewarded if you get this bet right. The odds available are usually double that of the top bowler betting and top batsman betting markets.

A crucial point here is that unlike the Man of the Match award for individual games—which is a subjective decision made by commentators or officials—the IPL Player of the Tournament award is based on points awarded to players based on their performances; but it’s all done using certain metrics.

For example, a player may be awarded 50 points for taking two wickets and conceding 25 runs, but another player may be awarded 70 points for taking two wickets and only conceding 15 runs. A batsman can get 65 points for scoring 60 off 55 balls, but another might get 90 points for scoring 60 off 40 balls, and so on. If we’re honest, the points system is far too complicated to go into here so just focus on the very best performers and the ones that make the highest impact on matches and you’ll be on the right track.

Past Winners: IPL Player of the Tournament

Season Player
2008  Shane Watson (RR)
2009  Adam Gilchrist (DC)
2010  Sachin Tendulkar (MI)
2011  Chris Gayle (RCB)
2012  Sunil Narine (KKR)
2013  Shane Watson (RR)
2014  Glenn Maxwell (KXIP)
2015  Andre Russell (KKR)
2016  Virat Kohli (RCB)
2017  Ben Stokes (RPS)
2018  Sunil Narine (KKR)
2019  Andre Russell (KKR)

In 2013, the IPL changed its system for selecting the Man of the Series to a stats-based formula rather than a voting system. In other words, it’s only really worth looking at the winners since 2013 for an indication of who might win it next.

It’s easy to come to the conclusion that all-rounders are very much the men to go with. After all, they can rack up points in both disciplines and only Kohli in 2016, since 2013, wasn’t an all-rounder.

Simplistic as it may sound, the last three winners are all worth backing this time round. They’re the three premium all-rounders in the T20 game and it would be no surprise at all if one of them were to win it again. Considering the odds you’re likely to get, any of them winning would return you a very decent profit.

So go with Andre Russell, Sunil Narine or Ben Stokes when placing your wagers in IPL Player of the Tournament betting.