The rumour mills were working overtime ever since India skipper Virat Kohli tweeted an old picture of himself and MS Dhoni celebrating a win. The picture was of their celebration after India’s win over Australia in the 2016 T20 World Cup semifinal. But the fans could not fathom the logic behind that tweet from Kohli.

Unable to understand what was the purpose of the tweet, the fans thought that it was a cryptic message from Kohli ahead of MS Dhoni’s imminent retirement. In just a matter of seconds, MS Dhoni started trending all over Twitter as speculation grew over his future.

Speculations were rife that Dhoni would retire at the end of the World Cup. However, the former India skipper left everyone surprised by not only deciding against retiring but also taking a two-month break.

Consequently, he could not make it to the ODI or the T20I squads for the just-concluded tour of West Indies. And while everyone was expecting Dhoni to return to action in the upcoming series against South Africa, he made himself unavailable for this series too. Thus, there is absolutely no clarity over Dhoni’s future. Amidst all these, Kohli’s tweet only served as a fuel to the fire.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)

However, chief selector MSK Prasad quashed the rumours while announcing Team India’s squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa.

“No update on MS Dhoni’s retirement, the news is incorrect,” Prasad told reporters.

And moments later, Sakshi Dhoni, wife of the former India skipper, took to Twitter to take a shot at those who escalated the rumours. Taking a sly dig at all the rumours, Sakshi wrote:

“Its called rumours!”.

Meanwhile, Team India’s series against South Africa will start with the T20I leg on September 15 in Dharamsala. India will play three T20Is and as many Tests against the Proteas.