The new-look team also has IPL's highest run-getter Ruturaj Gaikwad and top wicket-taker Harshal Patel in the squad of 16 along with Venkatesh Iyer.
Rohit, who is Kohli's deputy in the T20 World Cup, is tipped to take the mantle of captain of the India T20I side from the upcoming shortest format matches against New Zealand.
Virat Kohli on captaincy row: 'If people feel there's more to it than what I have already told, I feel pretty bad for them'
If people try to dig up things that doesn't exist, I won't give fodder, Kohli said.
Like how his predecessor, MS Dhoni, passed the baton to him, Kohli has done it now.
When it comes to handling junior players, the biggest complaint against Virat is leaving them in the lurch when the chips are down.
The selectors picked a bunch of fresh faces for the Sri Lanka series on Thursday as the main team is in the UK for the World Test Championship final and five Tests against England.