In all the national selection committee will announce four separate squads. One will be for the third Test against Sri Lanka followed by ODI and T20 squads and the big one - Test squad for the South Africa series.
Kohli, who has been playing non-stop cricket since IPL, will be given a month's break to recharge his batteries as he is sure to skip the limited overs series (3 ODIs and 3 T20 Internationals) against Sri Lanka in December, where Rohit Sharma will be in charge.
Speaking to CricketNext after picking the squad for the T20I series against New Zealand and the first two Test against Sri Lanka, chief selector MSK Prasad refuted all rumours and said that Kohli had made himself available for selection for all the three Test matches and only after that would the selectors look at resting the captain.
“There is no confusion and Kohli is available for all the three Test matches against Sri Lanka. We will look at resting him after that. He too deserves rest and the rotation policy will be applicable even for the skipper,” he said.
On the eve of the 1st Test, Kohli had said that he will ask for rest when required,
"Definitely I do need rest, why don't I need rest? When I think of the time my body should be rested, I'll ask for it. I am not a robot you can slice my skin and check I bleed," Kohli told reporters on the eve of India's first Test against Sri Lanka.
All Eyes on SA Tour
However, the focus of attention during Saturday's selection meeting will be on the tour to South Africa, which will be the first big test of Kohli's men against a top side in overseas condition.
It is expected to be a 17-member squad that will travel to South Africa and the main call will be whether India would go with four frontline pacers and three specialist spinners or five specialist pacers with two slow bowlers.
Jasprit Bumrah, who has been India's key pacer in white ball cricket, is certainly in contention for a slot for the extra pacer. The four pacers -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are automatic picks.
Delhi's Navdeep Saini could be a dark horse if MSK Prasad-led three-man committee wants some surprise element. There is a school of thought that with Hardik Pandya taking the all-rounder's slot, he will be the fifth pacer in the squad which can allow a wrist spinner - one among Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal to be fitted in along with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
The seven batsmen - three openers and four middle-order player however select themselves.
The three openers will be KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay while four middle order batsmen are skipper Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Wriddhiman Saha will be the first wicketkeeper while Parthiv Patel, who has been the second choice in longest format is expected to board the South Africa bound flight.
Closer home, the limited overs squad for the Sri Lanka series is unlikely to have many surprises. Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer are set to make comeback in the team while Mohammed Siraj is expected to be included in the T20 set-up.
The likes of Basil Thampi, Washington Sundar could also be tried out keeping an eye on future.
The selection meeting will happen at the end of the fourth day's play of the ongoing second Test match between India and Sri Lanka.
First Published: November 27, 2017, 8:12 AM IST