India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni regretted his decision to drop Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan and pack the team with all-rounders. India were comfortably defeated by seven wickets which gave an unassailable 3-0 lead for hosts New Zealand.


“We had to make these changes at some point. Raina was getting good starts but he was not able to convert those starts. Sometimes if you can take the individual away for a few games, he can relax and think freely about his game and that’s the reason why we rested both Shikhar (Dhawan) and Suresh Raina in this game,” Dhoni opined.


“We had a chat with Virat, and he was quite confident about opening. It allowed us to play Rahane at number three and Rayudu at number four, which allowed us to maintain the strength of our team.


“Rahane came in as an opener but a few months ago, along with the selectors, we decided that he is a good middle order batsman and he bats well there. We have tried him as opener earlier and it didn’t work, so we should keep trying him in the middle order,” added the Indian skipper.