Chennai Super Kings' return to the city following a fairytale IPL triumph received the rapturous welcome it deserved, even as murmurs of scaling down an elaborate reception plan swirled in the wake of the Tuticorin tragedy. After serving a two-year suspension, CSK announced their return to the league by clinching their third IPL trophy, tying them with Mumbai Indians. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)
CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in an authoritative display in the final last night to win the trophy on its return after serving a two-year suspension. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson powered the yellow brigade to win their third title with a blistering century.
A large number of fans were waiting at the city airport to welcome the team members and went into raptures when the players emerged.
CSK officials were at hand to receive the players. Later, the players were welcomed at Crowne Plaza hotel by the staff with garlands. Here too, a number of fans had gathered.
Former BCCI president N Srinivasan greeted the players at the hotel.
The team's players, including Harbhajan Singh and South African veteran Imran Tahir, tweeted that they were delighted to win the trophy for the fans.
Harbhajan mentioned that the team was dedicating the triumph to the people.
A big thank you to the #YellowArmy for your immense support! 💛 You are the best fans anyone can ask for! Thank you for believing in us, for not losing hope during out difficult days, and for being a part of the wonderful journey this season. @ChennaiIPL #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/cDe0vGYKtY— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 28, 2018
Meanwhile, CSK officials, including CEO K S Viswanathan, took the trophy to the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Information Centre temple in the city.
The glittering trophy was placed before the idol of Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity.
A group of fans said though they were not able to see the CSK team play at home (M A Chidambaram stadium), they were happy that the "Men in Yellow" managed to win the trophy, making it a dream comeback after missing two years owing to suspension.