India went down to New Zealand by 15 runs (D/L method) in Hamilton to trail 0-2 in the five-match series and lose their number one ODI rankings. (Agencies)
Gavaskar said that India have not quite got their combination right by continuously playing five batsmen and five bowlers.
"The team will have to look at the combination if you want to save the series. We have to understand that India are playing overseas and the combination of five batsmen and five bowlers is not working. India need to strengthen its batting line-up. The team requires one extra batsman in place of a bowler," Gavaskar said.
"I think every captain has some belief about certain things in the team. For example, Sourav Ganguly would not rely much on the left-arm spinners and during his captaincy not many left-arm spinners did flourish.
"Dhoni will have to be flexible. I think he is an open person and wants the best results for the team. It's here the team management, the coach and the selectors will have to tell him what is the best team combination," Gavaskar said.
Asked if the coach or the selectors asking the captain a particular team combination would not tantamount to interference, Gavaskar said, "They should not interfere but can suggest and discuss with the captain what is the best combination."
On Ishant Sharma who has been bleeding runs, Gavaskar said it's better to drop him and try some other players who have not got chances to play.
India went down to New Zealand by 15 runs (D/L method) in Hamilton to trail 0-2 in the five-match series and lose their number one ODI rankings.