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Delhi Cricket Team

Cricket, as in whole nation has special place in Delhi also. Cricket is very well organised and established within Delhi and most popular spectator sport. Delhi has several of India’s leading cricket clubs. Not only at professional level, cricket is very popular among the people of Delhi.

Delhi cricket team is the first-class cricket team of Delhi, that plays in India’s domestic competition, the Ranji Trophy. They have won the tournament seven times and have been runners-up seven. In the Duleep and Deodhar Trophy, Delhi comes under the North Zone team.

Delhi is the home of Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals, owned by the GMR Group and JSW Group.

Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) is the governing body of cricket in Delhi region. It manages the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground and Rajat Sharma is the current president of DDCA Executive Committee. DDCA affiliates many cricket clubs in Delhi.

Association football

Ambedkar Stadium

Football is a popular sport in Delhi, perhaps second to cricket. The only football stadium in Delhi is the Ambedkar Stadium which has a total capacity of 20,000 people, and can be expanded up to 50,000 people. Delhi hosts the Nehru Cup, international football tournament organised by the All India Football Federation.

Delhi is the home of many amateur and professional football club:

  • Delhi Dynamos FC, this professional football club competes in the Indian Super League.
  • Hindustan Football Club, the club plays in the Delhi Senior Division league. In the 2004/05 season, the club played in the 2nd division of National Football League.Currently the club is trying to qualify for the 2nd round of I-league qualification.
  • New Delhi Heroes FC, the club currently plays in the Second Division of the I-League.

Tennis

R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex

Tennis in Delhi has been played since British Raj. Delhi Lawn Tennis Association is the governing body of tennis in Delhi, its headquarters are located at African Avenue. R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex is the main tennis stadium in Delhi-NCR for the international tournaments. It also hosts the headquarters of the All India Tennis Association, the national governing body of tennis in India.

 

 

 

Basketball

Delhi Capitals

Delhi is home to the Delhi Capitals, 2016 Champion of India’s top professional basketball division, the UBA Pro Basketball League.

 

 

 

 

 

Swimming

Olympic-sized swimming pool

Swimming is a popular activity in Delhi due to the hot weather. A 2014 news report said that people were willing to queue for seven hours for an opportunity to join a “government-run sports complex, featuring an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”