In the first of a three-match series, Team India returns to play on Sunday when it takes on Bangladesh in Dhaka. Some of India’s veteran players, including captain Rohit Sharma, vice-captain KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli, among others, are making comebacks in this series. Dinesh Karthik, the star wicketkeeper for India, spoke in depth about some important playing XI decisions before the first ODI on Saturday.

The seasoned wicketkeeper discussed the no. 5 spot in the Indian batting order, where KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant are set to be contenders. Although the latter had been playing the part for a while, his performances were by no means noteworthy. While Rahul started his international career in the middle order, he has mostly featured in the opening position in the fifty-over format.

Rahul, on the other hand, is what Karthik thinks would be a better candidate for the fifth position.

The point at which we need to talk is number five. Between Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul, there will be a toss-up. KL Rahul will play, in my opinion. Pant, I believe, has just arrived after a long journey from New Zealand. For the World Cup’s fifty-over format, KL Rahul will be an appropriate middle-order batsman. They’ll fit him at number five if that happens, according to Karthik, who spoke to Cricbuzz.

Pant participated in all three games of the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand, scoring 15 and 10 in the first and third games, respectively. The second game was washed out. Many cricket fans and ex-players called for the young wicketkeeper-batter to be rested after his performance in the third ODI.

Rahul, on the other hand, had been going through a similar rough patch; in the T20 World Cup, he scored 128 runs in six innings at an average of 21.33.