Cricket is India first love, Kabbaddi comes a close second, but Delhi also boosts a football and hockey league that attract players from around the world. The game of kings, Polo, is also played in the capital.
The hot weather isn’t the friend of athletes, but Delhi has outdoor and indoor sport leagues that take place in the cooler months and indoors when the weather warms up. Delhi is home to the Daredevils, the Dynamos, Dabang and Waveriders. Find out who is who below.
Cricket: Delhi Daredevils
Playing in the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 cricket league, is the most attended cricket leage in the world. Delhi Daredevils, the capital’s franchise play home and away between April and May against 8 other sides.
Playing at Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium, find out more about the Daredevils at this link. For more on the IPL, take a look at this link. Ben Stokes, England’s all rounder, has just been sold for a record INR 14.5 crore (US$2.1m or £1.7 million). but Delhi Daredevils didn’t get him. Rising Pune Supergiants were willing to pay the money to get the prize. Read more about the 2017 auction here.
Football: Delhi Dynamos
Delhi Dynamos play in the I league, which was formed in 2014. The football season is Indian much shorter than most countries, with the championship played over three months from October to December. Delhi Dynamos play home games at the JNU Stadium, nr Lodi Colony.
Kabaddi: Dabang Delhi
A hugely popular game, the Pro Kabaddi League came into being in 2014. All eight teams travel around eight venues together to play one another. Dabang Delhi have the poorest win percentage and have propped up the bottom of the league title on a couple of occasions. A team that needs the support of the entire city when they are in town
Dabang Delhi play at the Thyagaraj Sport Complex. Find out more about the team at this link. More about the league, the sport and the rules right here. Usually takes place in the Summer, in June and July, but has also been played in January and February.
Hockey: Delhi Waveriders
Delhi Waveriders plays in the Hockey India League at the Shivaji Stadium, just off from Connaught Place. The IHL season is played in January and February, with playoffs at the end of the season to secure the championship. Find out more about Delhi Waveriders here and the Indian Hockey League at this link.
Polo: Indian Polo Association
The Army Polo and Riding Club and Haryana Polo Club are amongst the 25 members of the Indian Polo Association. Playing in 10 cities around India, including in Delhi and Noida, you’ll get the chance to see Polo in Delhi a couple of times over the season, which runs from August through to early may. Find out about Fixtures at this link.