Gambler punts USD 132,300 on Indian World Cup triumph

London: An anonymous gambler has struck an 82,000 pounds (USD 132,300) bet with a London bookmaker on India winning the Cricket World Cup, one of the biggest ever laid in the one-day game.

If the co-hosts and 3-1 favourites triumph in the April 2 final in Mumbai, the punter will collect 246,000 pounds (USD 396,900), Ladbrokes said.

"It`s one of the biggest bets we`ve ever laid in the one day format and we`ve even more reason now to fear an India win," said a spokesman for the company.

The tournament starts on Saturday when India, who lost in the first round four years ago in the Caribbean, play Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Bureau Report

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