KKR will be tougher opponent, reckons Alfonso Thomas

Alfonso Thomas feels Somerset does not have big names like Kolkata Knight Riders possess AFP

Hyderabad: Sep 21, 2011

Despite starting the tournament with a win, Somerset skipper Alfonso Thomas said they will go as the underdogs when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their second match of the Champions League T20 qualifiers here.

“Kolkata Knight Riders have got some world class players.

At the end of the day, we are going to go as underdogs,” he told reporters after the team’s four-wicket win over Auckland Aces late last night.

While Kolkata boast of players such as Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee and Yousuf Pathan who can win a match on their own, Thomas felt, his side does not have such big names.

He, however, assured that his team would put the best foot forward.

“We are certainly going to try. We are not going to be intimidated either. We are going to respect them like we respect any other team. We are going to go as underdogs. We are a young and energetic side who are playing as a team. We certainly match their energy,” Thomas said.

Meanwhile, Auckland Aces captain Gareth Hopkins said his team is “devastated” after being knocked out of the qualifiers following their loss to Somerset, their second in successive days as they had earlier lost to the Knight Riders.(PTI)