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Title: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: mo_town on July 23, 2020, 08:49:32 AM
Gray Nicolls seems to be aggressively targeting the Indian market this year. All big retailers and Online Stockists seem to be stocking and selling GN merchandise. Interestingly, the range seems to be a mix of what one gets in England and Australia with the sellers stocking the Finch,Mitch Marsh,Lynn,Bairstow and Kane models. Its definitely not easy to penetrate the Indian market which is dominated by the local brands such as SS,SG,MRF etc. but GN seems to be doing the right thing by flooding the markets with their bats, as I feel that is the only way you can target a big market like India. It would be really interesting to see how well they do.

They did try to get some decent names like Karun Nair and Manish Pandey but that wouldnt have got them any real visibility.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Buzz on July 23, 2020, 10:39:01 AM
With the number of sponsored players in the IPL, I think it is a good play for GN, plus they have a big factory in India.
Then balance that with the lack of cricket in the UK this summer, they likely have stock that needs shifting, so why not get it out there locally and see what happens.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: jayralh on July 23, 2020, 02:20:38 PM
Those new models Delta and MAXX look massive and very tempting aswell
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: adb club cricketer on July 23, 2020, 03:23:24 PM
Saw a lot of those GN bats have high middles and thin toes.. Wouldn't fly in Indian market which is all about low/mid middles..
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: i12breakfree on July 23, 2020, 03:37:08 PM
Here are some pics
40  mm edges
thick toe

(https://i.imgur.com/bHB7FEM.jpg)http://(https://i.imgur.com/9bFyn5R.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/UoDbWmy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/m4cDHlZ.jpg)

Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: InternalTraining on July 23, 2020, 04:36:11 PM
@i12breakfree , what's the price of that bat ?
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: mo_town on July 23, 2020, 04:37:34 PM
Saw a lot of those GN bats have high middles and thin toes.. Wouldn't fly in Indian market which is all about low/mid middles..

From the pics I have seen, there is nothing thin about these bats  :)
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: i12breakfree on July 23, 2020, 04:55:06 PM
@i12breakfree , what's the price of that bat ?
@InternalTraining it's 16,000 INR MRP in india
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Psi on July 23, 2020, 05:30:50 PM
That's roughly £160 isn't it. Looks great value. Could be a good way to source gn bats if people like Online stockist supply them
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: InternalTraining on July 23, 2020, 06:35:22 PM
@InternalTraining it's 16,000 INR MRP in india

And, these are made in India ?
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: i12breakfree on July 23, 2020, 06:55:24 PM
Like most of the GN bats, these are made in india. Their release was planned for start of IPL . That's why they are also known as IPL edition in the GN catalogue.
I have seen a few of these and for the first time (other than GN Australia range), i am excited about GN bats :)

Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Jeff Navarro on July 23, 2020, 07:21:39 PM
For a non Indian, Kane Williamson is like royalty in India so Gray Nicolls probably jumping on the right bandwagon.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: adb club cricketer on July 23, 2020, 07:46:48 PM
From the pics I have seen, there is nothing thin about these bats  :)

Ok good to know. Maybe I wasn't looking at the right pics on phone screen before. But the pics shared above look quite good. And if ones like above are priced at INR 16k, that's good value IMO.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: potzy248 on July 23, 2020, 07:47:49 PM
That looks class.

Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: King pair on July 23, 2020, 09:10:18 PM
Really like what I have seen from the GN India bats.

They do a G1 powerspot too which is interesting
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: billyb on July 24, 2020, 12:10:24 AM
That looks like a great stick. I quite like these GN bats from different markets.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: mo_town on July 24, 2020, 08:49:58 AM
I think they have done a good job with the pricing. INR 16k (170 GBP) for the lower end bats and INR 40k (420 GBP) for the high end bats.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: alee on July 26, 2020, 05:19:03 PM
How is the handle shape on these?
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Canners on July 26, 2020, 09:31:30 PM
These look much better than the uk Indian made ones. Is this the beginning of the end of uk GN......
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: i12breakfree on July 27, 2020, 02:45:32 AM
How is the handle shape on these?
Round SS size handles
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: billyb on August 03, 2020, 03:36:07 AM
Has anyone picked one of these up yet? They look incredible. Very tempted by the Kane Williamson and Finch bats. They come in at $280 here or $180 from India.

No idea why Woakes has his own bat though!
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Buzz on August 03, 2020, 09:55:09 AM
Is this the beginning of the end of uk GN......

Monsterously unlikely.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Chad on August 04, 2020, 10:46:33 AM
Saw this thread a wee while ago, but not had time to post pics or anything.

Word of warning about the bats, they do come up to be a bit narrower than the max 108mm width. (Between 105.5-106.5mm) if this is something that bothers you, probably avoid.

They ping very well though, at least the ones I've had seem to. The narrower width means they can appear quite large for their weights. Handle wise, just slightly thin side of medium, kind of like the GN typical handles. The ping on these seem to be very good too, better than most off the shelf bats from GN that I've seen in store. In terms of pressing, softer feeling than most GN I've come across.

I'll pop up some pictures sometime this week!
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Jaffa on August 04, 2020, 01:54:22 PM
The Indian made GN's I've seen have all been very dry. They go well but crack all to easily.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Chad on August 10, 2020, 01:25:00 PM
Better late than never!

(https://i.postimg.cc/dtQFXg6Q/20200810-140028.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PN70v300)

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(https://i.postimg.cc/HkhTb3QY/20200810-140149.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/DS1VTrjH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W3RjH3Wx/20200810-140155.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kVykVndy)

(https://i.postimg.cc/TwrGM6B1/20200810-140201.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9RFsZvmH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MGfq5RDy/20200810-140211.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Jy8f4sSn)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3J98x3ND/20200810-140218.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/8jJQyQh1)

(https://i.postimg.cc/TYT2xKd6/20200810-140239.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mh6WN21X)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pVfV3ftC/20200810-140245.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4n3T9hyH)

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(https://i.postimg.cc/nrGH7J1g/20200810-140303.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/tn7QQ8wN)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wB1Trn6R/20200810-140311.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/d7KYkHZJ)

(https://i.postimg.cc/X7gJBwHq/20200810-140329.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9rrVvqjH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/P5rqWP94/20200810-140334.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RNy99VM6)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jjBdYv5g/20200810-140341.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/WD6PMG0g)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3NT8dR22/20200810-140349.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zbxZQqtf)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HkZkBTCC/20200810-140356.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sMWz2dXn)

Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: adb club cricketer on August 10, 2020, 03:00:57 PM
Thanks @Chad  for the pics! Just superb bats, shapes and pics. Also handles look decent thickness which is great as opposed to my 6 yr old GN which had toothpick type handle.. Big fan of the full square toe (understand not for everyone), unable to resist from getting one, but then difficult to choose as each is equally good :D
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: avkrish on August 10, 2020, 05:38:04 PM
Perhaps this is also the time to show what GN UK is selling after charging the customer so much. May not be made in UK but they are pretty poor compared to the images posted earlier in this thread.

(https://i.postimg.cc/4xjJvSLM/20200810-210617.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gJHmWkzF/20200810-210651.jpg)
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: potzy248 on August 10, 2020, 07:57:26 PM
Wow, I love the Woakes and Bairstow bats.

Kane's bats have no concaving though, I've seen them for the last 3 seasons. I've also never seen the Williamson editions made in Aus have any concaving. He could have changed his shape to this recently though so who knows. Still beautiful shapes.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: InternalTraining on August 10, 2020, 08:54:00 PM
Wow, I love the Woakes and Bairstow bats.

They look great!
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: KW9221 on August 11, 2020, 01:11:51 AM
Wow, I love the Woakes and Bairstow bats.

Kane's bats have no concaving though, I've seen them for the last 3 seasons. I've also never seen the Williamson editions made in Aus have any concaving. He could have changed his shape to this recently though so who knows. Still beautiful shapes.
Well remember it is for indian market where people prefer lighter bats. They had to keep weight down to attract young players to these bats.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: potzy248 on August 11, 2020, 02:36:05 AM
Well remember it is for indian market where people prefer lighter bats. They had to keep weight down to attract young players to these bats.

Fair enough but they are supposed to be "Player editions" which are the players actual shape. Thats why the price tag comes with them.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: billyb on August 11, 2020, 04:38:16 AM
I'm close to going for one of these. Struggling between a stunning Williamson or an Aaron Finch... The Grade 2 model though.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on August 11, 2020, 09:34:50 AM
Wow, I love the Woakes and Bairstow bats.

Kane's bats have no concaving though, I've seen them for the last 3 seasons. I've also never seen the Williamson editions made in Aus have any concaving. He could have changed his shape to this recently though so who knows. Still beautiful shapes.

Never seen a concaved Powerspot either and i dint think the bat Bairstow uses is concaved. Nice bats but I donít think they have any resemblance to actual players bats with maybe the exception of the Woakes bat as that just looks like a square toe profile with a duckbill which has been a stock Pro shape for the last few years now
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: mo_town on August 11, 2020, 10:37:56 AM
Doubt buyers in India will bother about the shape anyways. All they will look at are the lovely GN stickers and ruler straight grains. That is usually enough to sell bats at a premium :D. All the 'Virat Kohli' and 'MS Dhoni' profile G1+ bats in the Indian market are proof of it :D
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: edge on August 11, 2020, 11:19:17 AM
All look the same shape to me? Most GN stuff seems to be a variation on that theme these days, mid middle with an offset edge. Not a fan personally!
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: jp2408 on August 11, 2020, 11:40:44 AM
All look the same shape to me? Most GN stuff seems to be a variation on that theme these days, mid middle with an offset edge. Not a fan personally!

Agree, they look like classic collection shapes but with squarer toes and just different stickers across the range.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: ca_gold on August 11, 2020, 08:20:44 PM
FYI, the stickers are changing for the Indian Market GNs after GN Australia raised some concerns about the same labels being used for both markets.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: billyb on August 20, 2020, 04:24:54 AM
My cricket guy has two gorgeous Woakes models in stock. They look pretty big (one is above 40mm edges) and the weights are decent at 2.8 and 2.95 He already sold the Williamson, thank goodness.

MUST RESIST   ;)
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: procricket on August 20, 2020, 01:59:12 PM
I have a woakes here different shape slightly to Chad's with the toe going all the way through the toe.

My lynn sane one looks slightly different too measured both 107mm width the lynn-sane version is slightly smaller blade
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: billyb on August 21, 2020, 07:31:09 PM
Just pulled the trigger on a ridiculous Woakes, and some ASICS shoes. I tried to resist.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: billyb on August 30, 2020, 04:31:26 AM
It arrived and it is phenomenal. Actually one of the best bats I've had on performance already. Very impressed!
Thinner handle than other bats (but I think I like that, it seems quite whippy), impressive specs and seriously, seriously pingy. Looks great too, the stickers are fantastic. Very impressed. I've never had a GN as good as this, for sure.

Will post pics when I can remember how to do it.
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: procricket on September 02, 2020, 06:05:29 PM
https://ibb.co/6t3rr6y
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Sorry I don't know how to upload photo anymore
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: procricket on September 02, 2020, 06:10:39 PM
The Maax is a full profile different shape to Chad a touch mine is 2/9 40mm edge initial knocking in suggests a very good bat and bat is well finished and around 107mm

The woakes is a pig at the minute taps up average not really knocked in slightly narrower 105/106m face decent edge and not massively concave toe running the whole way through. Nice white wood but I personally don't link or will use

Handle thin on both slightly thicker on Maax

Shows the difference in profile as mine and Chad's
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: jimmy23 on September 02, 2020, 07:58:12 PM
They look great, where did you pick them up from and what was the cost?
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: procricket on September 02, 2020, 08:28:34 PM
Online Stockiest

145 quid each plus 20quid postage

I'm not gonna keep the woakes (although I don't think my honesty works for me).
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: InternalTraining on September 02, 2020, 08:38:20 PM
LynnSane looks nice!
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Jlscarroll17 on September 03, 2020, 07:25:18 AM
Online Stockiest

145 quid each plus 20quid postage

I'm not gonna keep the woakes (although I don't think my honesty works for me).

Wow thanks for the heads up on this !! Going to get myself one.

How long did you have to wait for delivery ?
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: procricket on September 03, 2020, 08:31:37 AM
Two weeks

Oh forgot to add the Maax is a slightly shorter blade
Title: Re: GN taking big strides in the Indian market.
Post by: Kulli on September 03, 2020, 12:06:36 PM
Really, I found it the easiest by far, certainly when uploading yourself. Adds all the tags etc.