Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni laments India’s middle order batsman’s capitulation in the hands of New Zealand in the first One Day International (ODI) in Napier. Dhoni also rued the poor performance of some of the frontline bowlers that resulted in a loss despite a valiant hundred by Virat Kohli.


“One of the options is, not to play the shot but our strength has been to play shots,” he opined. “At times we will get caught because it’s a difficult shot to play. But we need to play it and master this shot because overseas you cannot allow the bowlers to dominate and cannot leave all of them.


“But we can always pick and choose when to play and when not to play this shot,” Dhoni explained, in a PTI report.


The Indian captain reserved special praise for his deputy Kohli whose valiant effort was denied by the Kiwis in the end.