Category: Handmade Bats

SM bats? Never heard of them?

By , May 13, 2016 12:08 pm

sm choice of championsIt might surprise you to find that SM is part of a long established family owned traditional bat making dynasty which traces its’ roots back to a company called BDM.

BDM was named after the grandfather of Uday Mahajan (whose company is SM) BDM being the initials of “Mr. Banarsi Das Mahajan” who passed away a few years ago.

Banarsi Das Mahajan was born in Sialkot (Pakistan) and there he started manufacturing cricket bats in 1925 under the name of Mahajan Sports along with his two brothers. Following the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, Banarsi Das Mahajan moved to the city which is now the base for SM, Meerut in India and restarted the same business.

In 1967 he independently launched his own brand “BDM”.

At this point, Banarsi Das Mahajan had three sons and three daughters. His middle son was Sunil Mahajan (nicknamed ‘PINTU’). At a very early age, straight after school, Sunil Mahajan started helping his father in the business, especially as his two brothers had no interest in the business.

Banarsi Das Mahajan was a hard working, self-made and most importantly, a very honest human being, and Sunil Mahajan followed in the same footsteps. Over time, the BDM brand started becoming more successful, and Banarsi Das Mahajan slowly and happily handed over his responsibilities to his son, Sunil Mahajan, knowing that he was handling things the same way.

When the business started expanding, Sunil’s brothers also started showing interest in the business and started insisting that their father let them join too.

From there onwards, Sunil Mahajan became the leading figure in the family and the main decision maker in the business. From there, the growth of BDM started in earnest, with Sunil Mahajan making contact with all the cricketers and the buyers with a positive attitude, a smile, and a lot of hard work.

Eventually, BDM became the number one cricket bat and the most talked about brand in India and throughout the world. It maintained its reputation for quality and as market leader for almost two decades.

In 2001, Sunil’s son, Uday Mahajan had gone to Sydney, Australia and graduated in Business Administration in 2005 and started his Masters’ degree in International Business. Sadly, this co-incided with his father being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and so Uday Mahajan returned home, and decided not to return to Australia, joining the family business instead. Eighteen months later, Sunil Mahajan sadly passed away.

Other members of the family left the business and Banarsi Das Mahajan handed over control of the company to his grandson, Uday Mahajan who worked hard to gain experience and maintain the reputation of BDM.

Over a period of four years, Uday Mahajan built up the business, sponsoring national and international players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, M.S. Dhoni, T.M. Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Younis Khan, and other domestic Indian players. With the continuing support of his grandparents and in particular, his mother, Uday Mahajan maintained the traditions and reputation of BDM.

Although other members of the family were still involved, the BDM business no longer had the same leading role in the world of cricket, with increased competition and a changing market, and reached a point under Uday Mahajan’s leadership where it needed a new vision and a new focus. After much planning, a new brand “SM” was established in June 2009, which was named after “Sunil Mahajan” with his nick name “Pintu” also registered as a co-brand of SM – as Uday’s father was famous in the cricket fraternity amongst the buyers, players, and anyone who is related to cricket globally who all knew the name of Sunil Mahajan. To support the launch of the brand, a new company, Sunil Mahajan & Sons Sporting Private Limited was formed.

Trading in the SM brand started from October’ 2009 onwards and instantly received an extraordinary response from the market. SM was welcomed in the market due to the goodwill associated with the name of Sunil Mahajan as well as the support of the former BDM employees who had worked as part of the BDM and SM family, for many years.

In two and a half years the company established SM in India and then started to expand in export markets. The company now has two factories and is expanding further with continued construction going on to date.

It is worth noting incidentally that SM launched the brand with the support of Sachin Tendulkar who promoted SM on his helmet, primarily as he had been very close to Sunil Mahajan and is still close to Uday Mahajan.

There is still a long way to go for SM, but the journey which was started with BDM, is now continuing into the twenty first century.

Uday Mahajan pays tribute to his father and grandfather, as well as the continuing support of his mother, and respects a tradition of bat making which can be traced back to the middle of the last century, which is being maintained within SM.

SM bats?

A family business with ethics and craftsman made quality products at its’ heart.

If, by any chance, you happen to meet any Indian who is actively involved in cricket in anyway, regardless of a player of the stature of Sachin Tendulkar or Virender Sehwag, all you have to do is mention the name of Sunil Mahajan (or his nickname, Pintu) and the person you are talking to, will instantly know about his passion for cricket and his genuine attitude towards the business. That is the legacy and the strength of SM.

Zara Matthews joins the Junior Elite

By , October 20, 2015 11:39 am

Zara’s cricket Journey started in 2012, when she filled in for her brother’s team when they were short of players. She soon had a permanent place.  Zara Matthews Continue reading 'Zara Matthews joins the Junior Elite'»

Luffman’s SM gear turning heads at Woodhall Spa

By , October 9, 2015 5:02 pm

Woodhall Spa CC’s captain Jack Luffman has been ensuring SM cricket equipment gets plenty of visibility.Luffman

Wielding a Player’s Pride and a full set of SM gear, Luffman has been spreading the news throughout the season.

“I’ve been using my SM equipment this whole season, and half of the last, I’d like to think that’s causing it to spread throughout Woodhall. Several teammates in the first team are using it, and quite a few juniors have started now as well.” Continue reading 'Luffman’s SM gear turning heads at Woodhall Spa'»

SM sponsored Cath Dalton joins Ireland Women for Spain training camp

By , September 23, 2015 9:52 am

Middlesex’s Cath Dalton joins 13 other Ireland Women in La Manga as they train for the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in Thailand.

Cath, who recently made headlines while playing for Halstead CC for being the first woman to score a century in the two counties championship, will train indoors for a month before leaving to Spain at the end of October.

Cath is one of two new additions to the Ireland squad. Chair of Selectors Rob O’Connor said: “It’s very exciting to be able to add a player of Cath’s experience and ability to our squad. With an average of more than 40 for Middlesex in limited overs cricket we believe she can be a valuable addition to our top order.”

Ian Anderson, Managing Director of sponsors Cricket Deal Direct, said: “Cath continues to excel, proving that she is a world class cricketer. Playing for Ireland will give her valuable experience on the international stage.”

“Bringing Cath into the squad will add much needed competition for places and will ultimately raise the standard of women’s cricket in Ireland,” said O’Connor.

Cricket Deal Direct sponsors Cath who has used SM gear for several years now. Cath is currently performing with the popular SM Players Pride English Willow Grade 1 bat but we expect her to try out the new blades from our Heather Knight Collection range very soon.

She joins her Middlesex teammate Sophia Dunkley in getting called up to a national squad, with Dunkley joining England Women’s Academy squad.

SM sponsored Sophia Dunkley joins England women’s academy squad

By , September 23, 2015 9:32 am

887da0efec50750b_800x800ar[1] Set to commence training in October at the Loughborough National Cricket Performance centre, SM and Cricket Deal Direct sponsored Sophia Dunkley joins her Middlesex teammate Alex Hartley in the England Academy squad.

Sophia has been sponsored for several years by SM Cricket, through Cricket Deal Direct. “We said back in April that we were confident that Sophia will at some point play for the England Women’s team. ,This is another important step towards that milestone,” said Ian Anderson, CDD’s Managing Director, “We’ve been supplying SM Cricket gear to Sophia for several years now and it’s been a huge privilege to watch her cricket skills and confidence develop.”

“It’s great to be able to have such a positive relationship with a much talented and promising young player.” concluded Anderson, “We will continue to work with Sophia and provide additional support where we can.”

Then aged 16, Sophia Dunkley started her 2015 season off strong, hitting a fluent 82 on her first appearance, holding her own at the U19 level.

Clare Connor, the England Cricket Board’s director of England Women’s Cricket, said: “We saw during the Women’s Ashes series this summer that the standard of international women’s cricket is constantly being pushed forwards and we must ensure that we have a structure in place that produces a continual stream of talented players, who are ready to perform in an England shirt if the opportunity arises.”

Sophia is currently in a three year sponsorship deal with Cricket Deal Direct and SM Cricket. She uses a SM Patriot bat.

Nearly 1000 runs scored in Virgin’s soldiering season

By , September 18, 2015 12:46 pm

SM brand equipped Matt Virgin’s outstanding season for Grendon & Prims CC was down to increased confidence and his SM Soldier Plus English Willow bat, used for the first time in 2015’s season.Virgin

A brutal batsman, Matt’s speciality is punishing bad balls with his SM Soldier Plus, and punishing them well. “My grandfather has always said it was my strength,” said Matt, “for if the ball was in my ‘arc’ as such, then there’s a good chance it’s going to  be a six.”

Matt’s powerful performances are part of what has led to Grendon and Prims CC being promoted – as their captain, he clearly sets a good example.

“This season my confidence was at its highest, and I dispatched the first ball of my innings for 6 on two occasions.”

“In Early 2015 I went to pick up my new bat and it looked fantastic,” said Matt, “it felt fantastic – and most importantly – the ball absolutely flies off it! This season I hit 21 6’s and 156 4’s – which I think speaks volumes about the SM Soldier Plus bat.”

“It took me a little while to get used to it, I had no idea what to expect…” said Matt, “but my goodness once I was used to it that was it – it went like a bullet!

“Matt’s love for SM bats is something we’ve definitely noticed,” said Cricket Deal Direct managing director Ian Anderson, “we’ve supplied him with several SM bats before, and he clearly likes them. He really demonstrates what our SM bats can do.”

Matt, 23 year old from Northampton, has cricket in his blood from his Grandfather Roy Virgin, previously a professional for Northants and Somerset, while his Uncle was also previously captain for the club.

The club has a strong family ethos, as well as performing well: Virgin’s uncle previously captained Grendon & Prims, and his grandmother provides teas every home game – with his fiancée doing the scoring.

Century for Huntingdonshire Ambassador Lee Smith

By , September 1, 2015 12:19 pm

Lee SmithSM Ambassador Lee Smith shared an unbeaten stand of 107 last week with support from Ian Armstrong, his teammate and team captain of Needingworth CC. Continue reading 'Century for Huntingdonshire Ambassador Lee Smith'»

Elites: Alexia and Becky go strong in Sri Lanka

By , May 5, 2015 11:22 am

Recipients of our new Elite Young Persons sponsorship Rebecca Brooker and Alexia Page-Graves have been enjoying their time in Sri Lanka on tour.

Rebecca was top scoring and ended up taking the most wickets overall, with her logging a 75* with a further 38 in the second innings vs Sri Lanka’s u19 academy side. She was equipped with new SM pads and remarked on their lightweight protectiveness.

Alexia received the ‘Batsman of the tour’ trophy and captained the side to their first ever victory on tour, she hit 71 off 45 balls including one for six in her best innings, a first for the side!

Rebecca and Alexia

Tim McIntosh appointed as one of our SM Ambassadors in the UK

By , February 24, 2015 10:27 am

Tim has joined Cricket Deal Direct as one of our SM Ambassadors here in the UK.

Tim McIntosh is a New Zealand cricketer who started his professional career aged 19, and still holds a successful career in the sport 15 years on.

Tim played for the Auckland Aces state side for more than 10 years, making the provinces history books by being the only player to play 100 first class matches and the all time highest first class run scorer for the side. A high score of 268 for the Aces saw him being selected for the Black Caps for 3 seasons – where he made 2 Test centuries for New Zealand as an opening batsman.

As an Overseas professional Tim will again play for Sleaford CC this season in the Lincolnshire Premier League, having won the award for League highest run scorer for the previous 2 seasons. He will also play with his idols for the Lashings All stars around the UK.

Tim, has been using the SM brand in New Zealand over the past few months and is impressed at how comfortable the bat was to settle in. “It only took 2 nets for the bat to start feeling like it was ready to play with, “he says. I am using a 2 lbs 9 oz bat and for me, it picks up like a 2 lbs 7 oz and has a really large sweet spot with a lot of wood in it”

Tim is excited to work with SM / Cricket Deal Direct as a Brand Ambassador and Territory Manager, believing the brand has a purpose for every cricketer. SM’s large range means that we can find the ideal product for every cricketer’s age group, skill level and budget.

Ian Anderson, Managing Director of Cricket Deal Direct is looking forward to seeing Tim, wife Pam and baby daughter in the coming months here in the UK. Ian said “It is great to have Tim as an SM Brand Ambassador. As a prolific run scorer I may even have to set Tim some run targets for the coming season.

Cricket Deal Direct have an exclusive relationship with SM throughout the UK and Europe. The range of gear can be seen at our web site www.cricketdealdirect.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Cricket Deal Direct announce new exclusive 3 year deal with SM Cricket Ltd

By , February 3, 2015 11:41 am

Cricket Deal Direct is excited to announce that they have just signed a new 3 year exclusive partnership arrangement with SM Cricket Ltd. The deal will give Cricket Deal Direct exclusivity over the SM brand in both the UK and Europe until 2018. This is wonderful news as the relationship has grown and developed significantly since Cricket Deal Direct first started working with SM back in 2012.

The SM brand is growing rapidly in the UK as a growing number of professional cricketers have experienced the quality of the SM products. Word is spreading and all eyes will be on Preston Mommsen, the Scotland captain who will be using his range of SM blades in the World Cup down under. We wish Preston every success.

Together with SM we will soon be launching our very own unique range of women’s cricket equipment next month, This is very exciting and the new range will soon be on its way to the UK. More details to follow on this significant development.

In recognition of the new deal with SM they have provided a few quotes which demonstrate the value to each other of this growing relationship.

Sanyam Mahajan one of the SM owners said ” Our Mission embodies SM and CDD’s determination to realize dreams in a close bond while coexisting in complete harmony. Based on this SM and CDD is pursuing innovation in order to become  value brand partners with a superior value proposition.

Sanyam also said ” You can’t play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it. SM Cricket / CDD – Play on!

In Anderson, Managing Director of Cricket Deal Direct commented ” this is wonderful news as the relationship gets stronger and stronger. With the SM brand awareness growing all the time 2015 is going to be a very interesting year.

We are continually looking for new Sales Associates in many parts of the UK to help grow the brand. If of interest please call Ian on 07711 681136

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