Unprecedented betting for first India-Oz Test

Updated: 07 October 2010 12:59 IST

An unprecedented 2,000 crore worth bets were placed on the Mohali Test match which surpasses all IPL figures.

Unprecedented betting for first India-Oz Test

Mumbai:

The nail-biting match between India and Australia in Mohali was a reminder of the fact that Test cricket can still pack a punch alongside the seemingly more popular shorter-formats of the game.

And it is not just the viewers, even bookies vouch for it. This fact comes to light after an unprecedented 2,000 crore worth bets were placed on this Test match which surpasses all IPL figures.

But betting's biggest day turned out to be doomsday for bookies as the odds changed with each ball and eventually when India pulled off a miraculous win, the bookies lost 700 crores in total.

At the opening the bookies had favoured a draw but as the game progressed and India kept losing wickets in the second innings, Australia emerged as the clear favourite.

India delivered a sterling win in the end and bookies in Pakistan, Dubai and Saudi Arabia were left shell-shocked and only Indian bookies who were surprisingly favouring India, made some money.



Topics : Cricket India Australia
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