India‘s Shikhar Dhawan said that dropping Brendon McCullum early on during the New Zealand innings proved to be costly as the home side’s skipper slammed an unbeaten 281 which has now firmly put the Kiwis in the driving seat.


McCullum was dropped by Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma early on during his mammoth innings which may prove to be the turning point for New Zealand as they now aim to post a huge second innings target to the Indians.


“For that moment that’s what we had planned, to go in with one slip and one gully. We wanted McCullum to hit a few shots. But when the slips were there, he wasn’t hitting many shots. When they weren’t there, a nick came and unfortunately I was a bit far,” Dhawan said about that edge flying past him.