In Kohli's absence, Rohit Sharma will be leading the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Prasad said, 17-member Indian squad led by skipper Virat Kohli for the three-match Test series against South Africa will leave on December 27.
The frontline pace attack includes the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah.
India's limited-overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah got a Test call-up while wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was dropped from the team when the selectors India named the squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa.
The Indian board also announced the squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka.
The 23-year-old Bumrah, who has 52 and 40 wickets respectively from 28 ODIs and 3O T20Is, has not played any first-class cricket this season. It was a unanimous choice and we had no doubts about that.
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"Otherwise, Kuldeep is definitely a top-class bowler and over a period of time we'll see him growing".
It was earlier reported that following Kohli's concerns about lack of preparation time, a decision will be taken whether some of the Test specialists could be sent to South Africa early to acclimatise with the conditions.
India's T20I squad against Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma (c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, M S Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Mohd Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.
The squad features three uncapped players in Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Basil Thampi.
The 17-member Test team squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Vijay, Rahul, Shikhar, Pujara, Rahane (vc), Rohit, Saha (wk), Ashwin, Jadeja, Parthiv, Hardik, Bhuvneshwar, Shami, Ishant, Umesh, Bumrah.