Bengaluru: India captain Virat Kohli today (September 12) saluted former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni by posting a throwback picture on his Twitter account ahead of the South Africa T20Is.

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India are set to host South Africa in three T20Is starting from September 15 from Dharamsala. Dhoni is not part of the Indian squad, however, Kohli remembered the wicketkeeper-batsman on Thursday and said how he can “never forget” that game.

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The match which Kohli was referring to was the India-Australia contest at the ICC World Twenty20 in Mohali. On March 27, 2016, India defeated Australia by six wickets to progress to the semi-finals.

Chasing 161, Kohli made 82 not out off 51as India won with five balls to spare. Captain Dhoni was at the other end, remaining not out on 18.

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“A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test @msdhoni,” Kohli tweeted to his 31 million-plus followers on Twitter.

However, it was not clear why Kohli had tweeted this picture now. Is he hinting at something big? Is the 38-year-old Dhoni retiring from the game?

In recent times, there has been a lot of speculation over Dhoni’s future in international cricket. He made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour as he went to serve in the Army.

After he was not selected for the home T20Is against the Proteas, selection panel chief MSK Prasad had clarified that Dhoni was still not available to play.

Former India captain Anil Kumble, in a recent interview to a website, had said that selectors should take a call on Dhoni’s future. He also said he deserved a farewell.

Dhoni retired from Tests in 2014 and continues to play the limited-overs formats for India. He was last seen in the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales where India reached the semi-finals.