MS Dhoni missed the fourth ODI after failing to recover from a hamstring injury. @ AFP

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar reckons India missed the services of the experienced Mahendra Singh Dhoni during their embarrassing eight-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the fourth ODI at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.

Put into bat, India were skittled for 92 – their second lowest total against New Zealand – beating the 88 all out in 2010. Trent Boult was the wrecker-in-chief of India’s downfall with the left-arm pacer pocketing five wickets in his 10 overs going for just 21 runs. The Black Caps chased down the target in 14.4 overs to finish proceedings off with just the fifth and final ODI left to be played on February 3. (ALSO READ: New Zealand consign India to biggest ODI loss in terms of balls remaining)

Gavaskar said Dhoni, who missed the fourth ODI after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, would have been helpful after the tourists suffered a terrible top-order collapse.

“His (MS Dhoni) experience comes in very handy. The fact that he has got so much experience, he can pace his innings,” Gavaskar told the official broadcasters. (ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma lashes out at batsmen)

“If wickets have fallen early, then Dhoni is a kind of a player who will make sure he hangs in there and accelerate towards the end of the innings. So yes, I think experience comes in very handy, no question about it. If a batsman at the other hand sticks around with him, he will add valuable runs for the team,” he added.

New Zealand put a halt to India’s wining streak and opened their account after losing the first three matches.