Chennai Super Kings' return to the city following a fairytale IPL triumph and received the rapturous welcome it deserved, even as murmurs of scaling down an elaborate reception plan swirled in the wake of the Tuticorin tragedy.
CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the final on Sunday to win the trophy on its return after serving a two-year suspension.
In Chennai, 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 players then attended a private dinner later on Monday night.
Meanwhile, CSK officials, including CEO K S Viswanathan, took the trophy to the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Information Centre temple in the city. The glittering trophy was placed before the idol of Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity.