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At just 2/1 on sites like Unibet, one of the best online sportsbook sites in India at present, the ICC World Cup odds on India have closed up over the course of the tournament.However, as they take the field against their final few opponents in the group stages, their semis place a foregone conclusion at this point, it’s their Captain Virat Kohli, just on which the statisticians will have their eye. But just when will he join those hallowed ranks of the 20,000 club? Let’s see!
It took the legends Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara both 453 innings to reach the 20,000 international runs mark, and indeed only 12 players have ever managed it, but Virat Kohli is (at the time of writing) just 37 runs short of that total and has barely played 416 innings thus far. This means when India square off against the West Indies chances are he’ll become the fastest player to 20,000 ever, oh and the ICC World Cup odds on India will probably dip a little too.
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There’s little doubt they’ll beat their next opponents, the Windies haven’t really been firing on all cylinders this tournament, the bookies barely offering ICC World Cup odds on India of 1/3 that they’ll be victorious. This allows for a good platform on which Kohli can celebrate reaching this massive milestone, well ahead of their top of the table clash against dilapidated hosts England on the weekend, a game that should attract quite a few people to bet on sports in India this Sunday.
Fining The Fastest Man To 20,000 International Runs
Successfully passing that 20,000 point faster than anyone else ever will be of immense personal pride to Kohli but it’s unlikely he’ll take his eyes off the prize of winning the competition. It’s one of the reasons the ICC World Cup odds on India are so short, and a single-mindedness that has already seen him forget basic things like retaining a sense of decorum. The Indian captain was fined by 25% of his match fees, and been given a demerit point so far this tournament.
Apparently, this was for “excessive appealing and charging aggressively towards the umpire”. Although to what degree Aleem Dar was in danger is debatable, and more than one fan has cast a dubious eye over the punishment meted out by match umpire Chris Broad. Still this won’t amount to much of a distraction to a multi-millionaire whose aim is to beat those ICC World Cup odds on India and make them the side worth taking advantage of Indian gambling laws to back.
ICC World Cup Odds On India Just 2/1 At Unibet
In light of the ICC World Cup odds on India this fine seems a trifle petty, especially given Kohli stepped forward to admonish his own fans for booing the Australians involved in the ball tampering scandal. Warner and Smith have been booed every time they’ve walked too and from the crease, Kohli wagging his finger at India fans showed he’s well aware of how to comport himself on the pitch, perhaps a little more so than some other captains we could mention.
- West Indies – 250/1
- Sri Lanka – 66/1
- Bangladesh – 50/1
- Pakistan – 18/1
- New Zealand – 6/1
- England – 3/1
- Australia – 21/10
- India – 2/1
Not that anyone would accuse Chris Broad of heaping a little irritating on the India captain ahead of the must win match against India for the hosts, England on the weekend. That just wouldn’t be cricket. However, it is a tad coincidental and if you’re going to take up those 2/1 ICC World Cup odds on India at Unibet, one of the best online betting sites in India right now, just remember that you can expect this competition to go down to the wire whether it actually needs to or not.