Around Rs. 1,000 crore is expected to ride on Sachin Tendulkar’s scores in his last two Tests before retirement, with bookies planning to cash in on the opportunity.
They opened rates for Sachin’s score in the first Test against West Indies — second-last Test for Sachin — that will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata from November 6 to 10.
Bookies said rates on his scores in his final Test at Wankhede Stadium (November 14-18) will open after the Kolkata match.
They, however, said t hat each of these Test matches would witness betting between Rs. 500 crore and Rs. 600 crore on Sachin’s scores.
“A major part of the money in these two Tests will be placed on runs Sachin makes,” a Mumbai-based bookie said. Rs. 1,000cr worth... He added that the two Test matches are likely to witness overall betting to the tune of around Rs. 800 crore, with the majority bets on Sachin’s scores.
Bookies have opened rates on different scores for the Kolkata test.
As per the rates, Sachin scoring 25 runs in any of the two innings would give a return of 12 paise for every rupee placed on the bet.
For half-century, the return will be 18 paise, while for a century it will be Rs. 2.
If Sachin scores a double century in any of the two innings, punters will earn a whopping Rs. 8 for every rupee on bet.