Dharamsala, Oct 3: India's captain MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri were on Saturday seen saying "Bokke" in a video which was tweeted by South Africa's One Day International skipper AB de Villiers. (Scroll down to see the video)
The Indian trio feature in a special message from De Villiers to the South African rugby team (also nicknamed Bokke) which is set to play against Scotland today (October 3) at the St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. De Villiers tweeted the video with hashtag #BOKKE on Saturday afternoon.
As Dhoni, Kohli and Shastri are seen waiting in an airport lounge on Saturday afternoon, De Villiers says, "come on MS (Dhoni)" for which the Indian skipper calls out "Bokke" followed by the same by Shastri and Kohli, who were seated next to him.
It was a special message recorded by De Villiers for his rugby team at the World Cup. At the end of the video, the right-handed batsman said, "To the Boks, all the best boys."
The video starts with the South African cricketers Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock and Albie Morkel saying "Bokke".
De Villiers also thanked Dhoni, Kohli and Shastri for their messages. "Yes. Thank you," he said. Almost every South African cricketer keenly follows their rugby team.
In the ongoing Rugby World Cup in England, South Africa, known as the Springboks, suffered a shock opening game 32-34 defeat to Japan. However, they bounced back in the next to thrash Samoa 46-6. They are in Pool B along with Scotland, Samoa, USA and Japan. 20 teams, divided into 4 groups (5 each), are in action. The top 2 from each pool enters quarter-finals.
Last night, at Dharamsala's Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, South Africa defeated India by 7 wickets in the opening Twenty20 International.
The second T20I is in Cuttack on Monday (October 5). The 3 T20Is will be followed by 5 One Day Internationals and 4 Tests.
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