Widely known cricket memorabilia collector JK Mahendra said one of the standout aspects of Chennai Super Kings, apart from the side’s on-field excellence, is the importance that the franchise gives to its fans – both on social media and in the wide range of collectables on offer.
“Chennai Super Kings have created some wonderful and varied memorabilia over the years, possibly more than any other team in the Indian Premier League,” opined the 66-year-old former Kerala cricketer and junior national selector.
“Memorabilia and autograph collecting enhances interest in spectators and followers, and this, in turn, also helps in brand building for the team, the championship and the sport at large,” added Chennai-based Mahendra, who ran a cricket museum in Chepauk before moving his impressive collection to his Homestay in Egmore which goes by the name “JK’s Cricketers Hut.”
Over the years, the much-decorated Chennai Super Kings released a spectacular line of clothing, autographed post cards, miniature bats, bags, key chains, bands, coffee mugs, among others, which turned out to be a big hit along with the team’s rising popularity.
“Given the team’s astounding success, CSK memorabilia will grow tremendously in value with time,” pointed out Mahendra, who has helped set up a few cricket museums across India. “They are also providing the opportunity for and also creating young collectors,” he remarked.
Chennai Super Kings won the Indian Premier League and the Champions League Twenty20 twice each. They made it to the IPL final on four other occasions and to the IPL Playoffs in all eight seasons that they featured in to become one of the most successful sides in the League.
CSK fan Prabhu Damodharan has an impressive collection of autographed CSK jerseys, match stumps, autographed caps, ‘Howzaat’ caricature book, team bat and tickets to over 50 CSK matches.
“Some I purchased online, some I bought from the winners of IPL Fantasy League, some were personally taken and some were gifted by friends who are aware that I collect CSK memorabilia,” he said.
Another CSK fan Sneha Paramesh said she and her brother have a growing collection of tee-shirts, a bag, bands, caps and a ‘Howzaat’ caricature book. “I’ve saved up money to buy more this time when my favourite side returns to action in 2018,” added the 24-year-old Chennai girl, who works in the IT sector.