Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia last summer when his team beat the Baggy Greens 2-1 in a four-match series.
Kirmani called Dhoni a role model for the young generation.
Kirmani's first pick for the No 4 spot is Kedar Jadhav, but the latter's presence in the World Cup is uncertain, the former cricketer picks Ambati Rayudu.
The Indian team has looked at quite a few keeping options in the last one year or so.
"Wicketkeeper's ability is judged only when he is standing up to spinners."
Shastri is the main selector according to Kirmani.
Pant has played four Test matches for India so far.
Rishabh Pant recently played his 4th Test.
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Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant have been called up in Wriddhiman Saha's absence.