After India lost 3 wickets of the Top Order in quick succession, Everyone expected Dhoni to join young Rishabh Pant who was in the middle. Surprisingly, Team Management sent Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya ahead of MSD. By the time Dhoni reached the middle, India was almost on the verge of defeat. Crucial 100-run stand between him and Ravindra Jadeja gave some hope but New Zealand had the last laugh with wickets in the final overs.
Most Experts came down heavily on Head Coach Ravi Shastri for changing the batting order of MS Dhoni. Finally, Ravi Shastri broke his silence on this issue: 'It's a Team Decision. Dhoni coming out to bat early and getting out is the last thing India want, that could have killed the chase. Considering his ability to finish games, We want his experience to come into play towards the end. It's a collective decision by the whole team'.