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All eyes on Tendulkar in Cricket World Cup final

| 01.04.2011

Sachin Tendulkar scoring a century in the Cricket World Cup final would be a dream scenario for many fans and it is 6/1 that he does register a hundred against Sri Lanka.

The Cricket World Cup is the only major honour to elude Tendulkar in international cricket and a ton against Sri Lanka would certainly substantially enhance India’s chances at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Alongside a first World Cup victory, Tendulkar is also on the brink of becoming the first player ever to achieve 100 international centuries, with his two in this year’s tournament already taking his career total to 99.

It would be a fairytale if Tendulkar did get his 100th century in the World Cup final and India did beat Sri Lanka and this double can be backed at 8/1.

India are 8/13 in the Cricket World Cup betting to beat Sri Lanka, with the away side in Mumbai 5/4 to repeat their success of 1996.

The other intriguing betting opportunity heading into the World Cup final is which player will end the tournament as the top runscorer.

On paper it seems to be a two-player head-to-head, with Tendulkar the 10/11 favourite in this betting market.

However, Tendulkar’s 464 runs in eight innings is three shy of Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, who currently leads the standings with 467.

Dilshan is 11/10 to be the top World Cup runscorer, while fellow Sri Lankans Kumar Sangakkara and Upal Tharanga will still feel that they overhaul Dilshan.

Both would require both of the leading two to suffer a bad batting day while making large contributions themselves, but this scenario is not out of the question.

Sangakkara is currently 50 runs behind Dilshan and is 9/1 to be leading runscorer, while Tharanga is 20/1 and needs to make up 74 runs.

A £20 stake on India winning the World Cup and Tendulkar scoring a century would return £160. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.