Rohit Sharma has been around for a couple of years now, playing only limited over games. He was a member of the victorious Twenty20 World Cup side and has generally been one of the reserve batsmen in ODIs.
His lack of consistency, though, didn't find him a place in the World Cup winning squad but he has been in top form since his return to the team against the West Indies at home. He bagged the Man of the Series award with consistent performances throughout the series and helping India win the series 4-1.
His career figures make for interesting reading. In 68 innings he has scored 1810 runs at an average of a little over 34.80 and a highest score of 114 with two centuries and eleven half centuries. His dedication, determination and concentration have been top notch in recent times and he stands out as an example with his style, approach, performance and potential.
Though Sharma hasn't yet played a Test for India, he is a specialist Test batsman with his technical excellence, his textbook strokeplay and an ideal temperament for the longer version of the game.
Both Sharma and Kohli have emerged as front-runners to occupy two of the three slots in the Test team which would be left vacant by Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid, leaving the fight for the 3rd spot between Yuvraj, Raina and others.