Madras Cricket Club conferred Indian captain MS Dhoni with an honorary membership for his contribution to the Indian cricket and accepting the honour, Dhoni said he was proud of being associated with the 146-year-old club, rich in heritage.
“I am extremely happy and privileged to be a member of this historic age-old club, which has an history of supporting games and sport. I cherish happy memories of this venue (Chepauk Stadium) where I made my Test debut in 2005.
“I am privileged to be amongst many stalwarts who have shone in Indian sports, including cricket,” said Dhoni.
The charismatic wicketkeeper batsman joined a glittering list of sports persons like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, Vishwanathan Anand and Chennai born former England skipper Nasser Hussain, who have the honour bestowed upon them.
Dhoni, who, on Saturday, would leave for Sri Lanka to join his team for the three-Test series and the subsequent tri-series also involving New Zealand, was also felicitated by his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings for leading them to the title victory in IPL-3.
While Dhoni credited Chennai’s IPL success to the contribution of local players and the support from the fans in Tamil Nadu, co owner of the franchise, N Srinivasan said Dhoni’s leadership was the reason behind CSK’s success.
“Support that the Super Kings received from its fans was noteworthy besides the stupendous individual performances for the team cause by Tamil Nadu players in the team,” Dhoni said.
“The achievements of CSK was due to the excellent leadership and management skills of Dhoni,” Srinivasan said.
L Balaji, Hemang Badani and R Ashwin were among CSK players who attended the function.