Sachin Tendulkar is being backed to win the Cricket World Cup for India in style by scoring his 100th international century in tomorrow's final. Paddy Power are offering 6/1 for the record-breaking legend to hit a three figure score in tomorrow's game and make the final his own with punters making him overwhelmingly their most popular bet to be Man of the Match (9/2), top match runscorer (9/2) and sealing his position as the top runscorer in the tournament (Evens).
India and Sachin Tendulkar are all the rage for the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final on Saturday.
bet365 cricket betting spokesman Steve Freeth says: "It's been one-way traffic with the odds-on boys smashing into India (4/6 into 8/13) and there's already a gamble emerging on Tendulkar (7/1 into 6/1) landing the man of the match award in his own backyard."
The participation of perhaps the two greatest cricketers of this generation, Sachin Tendulkar & Lasith Malinga, would suggest that the World Cup final will be the biggest cricket turnover match of all time. India are the 8/13 favourites and Hills have already pushed out the price about Sri Lanka winning from 5/4 to 11/8 to attract support.
Home fans celebrate in Mohali following India's 29-run win over Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final, which put them through to the final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.
Sachin Tendulkar top scored with 85 as India posted 260 for nine before Pakistan were bowled out for 231 in reply.
A look back at the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which saw India overcome arch-rivals Pakistan by 29 runs and book their place in the final against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Sachin Tendulkar survived four dropped catches to make 85, top scoring as India posted a winning score of 260 for nine while in reply, Pakistan were bowled out for 231 - Tendulkar taking the winning catch.
India are the 8/13 favourites with Ladbrokes to win the Cricket World Cup. The final looks to be a tight affair however with opponents Sri Lanka just 5/4 chances.
India's Sachin Tendulkar was instrumental in the semi-final victory and is 6/1 to score a century in the match. It's 8/1 he notches his ton and his side lift the trophy.
India backers up and down the country are celebrating after India beat Pakistan in their World Cup Semi-final. For the first time Hills estimate that they have taken over a million pounds on a One Day International. The hosts India are now 8/13 to win the World Cup, with Sri Lanka offered at 5/4. The only good news for bookies was that Tendulkar failed to score a century which would have cost Hills alone a further £30,000.
The second World Cup semi final between India and Pakistan is set to be the biggest betting turnover match of this World Cup â€“ possibly even the biggest ODI international of all time. William Hill have seen bets of up to £13,000 on India at 8/13 and the hosts are now 8/11 favourites. Tendulkar is once again the focus of the specials: he is 8/1 to be man of the match, 7/1 to score a hundred and 11/8 to score a fifty.
Sachin Tendulkar scored his 18,000th One-Day International run as India reached the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with an impressive five-wicket win over reigning champions Australia in Ahmedabad.
Despite the best efforts of Ricky Ponting, who scored a century, Australia lost their second match of the tournament, all of which means there will be a new World Cup champion later this year.
Cricket TV - A look back at another thrilling ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 match involving India; this time as they came up short against South Africa, for whom Robin Peterson hit 16 runs in four balls at the death to secure a three-wicket win. Sachin Tendulkar had earlier stroked a sublime century - his sixth in World Cups - but following a dramatic batting collapse, it proved to be in vain.
Sachin Tendulkar scored his sixth World Cup century but it was not enough for India, who were beaten by three wickets by South Africa in a thrilling Cricket World Cup Group B match in Nagpur that went down to the final over.
After India collapsed from 267 for one to 296 all out, half-centuries from Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers and then 18 in seven balls at the death from Robin Peterson blasted South Africa to victory...
Cricket TV - An update from day nine of the competition, which saw India and England finish their game in Bangalore with the scores level, and therefore a share of the points on offer. There were brilliant centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Strauss and fine bowling performances from Tim Bresnan and Zaheer Khan in a game that had a little bit of everything.
India and England could not be separated at the end of a pulsating ICC Cricket World Cup encounter in Bangalore, both sides scoring 338 in a match that was tied.
Sachin Tendulkar scored a sublime century while Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh added half-centuries to steer India to an impressive total of 338 all out before England closed on 338 for eight.
Indian batsman Virender Sehwag took strike to the opening ball of the Cricket World Cup 2011 against Bangladesh, and promptly opened proceedings in style by hititng it to the boundary.
India had been put into bat by co-hosts Bangladesh but Sehwag overcame the run out of opening partner Sachin Tendulkar to register the tournament's first century, as well as hitting the tournament's first six.
Cricket TV - John Pennington and Amit Masram look ahead to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, focussing on the chances of co-hosts India. They are the heavy favourites to lift their first World Cup since 1983. They analyse the squad named, pick out some key players and then predict whether Sachin Tendulkar will lead the side to victory.
India have included leg-spinner Piyush Chawla in their 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup, which also includes Praveen Kumar and Sachin Tendulkar.
Kumar and Tendulkar have been forced home from the current tour of South Africa due to injury while Chawla last played a One-Day International in 2008 but is part of the squad in South Africa.
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the remaining three One-Day Internationals against South Africa and has been replaced in India's squad by left-hand batsman Parthiv Patel.
Tendulkar scored seven in the opening match in Durban, which South Africa won by 135 runs, and he then scored 24 in the second match - his 443rd ODI appearance - as India snatched a one-run to level the series.
India will lock horns with South Africa in the opening match of the five-match One-Day International series in Durban on Wednesday. Both teams would look to field a full strength side in search of getting the combination of players right ahead of the World Cup in Asia.
In the Indian context, the seniors, Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan could make a return as they were rested in the ODI series against Kiwis.