In the opening ODI of the series against Bangladesh, Team India struggled with the bat as they were dismissed for 186 in 41.2 overs. KL Rahul’s heroic 76-run knock in Dhaka carried the Indian batting lineup in a match that saw the return of veterans like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The BCCI announced Rishabh Pant would not be playing in the ODI series minutes before the first match, seemingly confirming Rahul would be playing in the middle of the order.

The 28-year-old batsman did not let anyone down as he held one end while wickets kept falling on the other. Sanju Samson, according to India’s senior wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik, has fallen off the list of potential WKB options for the side. Rahul also kept the wickets in the run-chase.

The cricketer from Kerala participated in India’s previous ODI series against New Zealand last month, but Samson only appeared in one of the three games while Pant did. Samson was not selected for the team for the ODI series against Bangladesh because Ishan Kishan had been named as a backup wicketkeeper.

Samson has “done well,” in Karthik’s opinion, in the few ODI opportunities he has had.

“There’s another name we left off, and I believe we need to talk about him. Sanju Samson is one of my favorites. In the few opportunities he has had, he has excelled at the middle order. They will look at who the specialists are among these three wicketkeepers—Ishan Kishan being the third—and you will fill that position, Karthik said on Cricbuzz.

Things will continue to develop and change, and that’s for the better. We can roughly predict how the 15 will appear by August of the following year, the senior Indian added.

Samson has played in 11 ODIs so far, scoring 330 at an average of 66 and a strike rate of 104.76. Ten of his eleven appearances in the format have come this year since he made his debut in it during the series against Sri Lanka last year.