Madras Cricket Club felicitates Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings who was present with his wife Sakshi.
Dhoni in his avatar as CSK captain received a silver plate from the club President and was also inducted as an honorary member of the MCC, a venerable 164-year-old institution which has the motto "Sports - a way of life."
It was a rare honour which has been previously bestowed on only three Indian Test legends - Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar.
Several other Test cricketers from Tamil Nadu are full members of the club.
Four of Dhoni's former India and CSK teammates were present on the occasion and also received mementoes - S Badrinath, L Balaji, R Ashwin and Hemang Badani.
The occasion was kickstarted by a highlights reel depicting the journey of the Super Kings during the first three editions of the IPL.
No prizes for guessing which part of the video brought the house down - it was MSD's stunning assault against Irfan Pathan in Dharamsala earlier this year which was instrumental in CSK storming into the semi-final.
Mr N Srinivasan, BCCI Secretary and owner of the Super Kings, spoke on the occasion and praised the charisma, leadership and management of Dhoni.
Mr. V Ramnarayan, former Ranji Trophy player who was unlucky not to play for India because his career synchronised with the legendary spin quartet, said tongue-in-cheek that the bestowing of membership on Dhoni was an elaborate plot to entice him to come and play for Tamil Nadu.
Dhoni made a crisp speech in which he recalled his first visit to Chennai as member of the Bihar Under-19 squad back in 1999-00. "I first thought that Chennai was too far and come and play. The train journey from Jamshedpur took us two days," he said.
The Indian skipper, who turned 29 on Wednesday, noted that he had made his Test debut in Chennai and for the past three years has spent more than a month in the city.
He said that CSK was among the franchises which had the largest number of local players and generously attributed the team's success in the second edition of the IPL to the local boys. "They were the ones who stepped up and took the responsibility of doing well for the people of Chennai."
Dhoni also drew attention to the fact that CSK had won two fairplay awards in three seasons of the IPL and suggested that the moral was that one could play tough cricket and win tournaments and yet be fair. Photos of Dhoni and his wife Sakshi from the event. dhoni and his wife sakshi in chennai - View Image