Dhoni also rued one dropped catch that cost them a potential series-levelling victory over New Zealand in the second test that ended in a draw. (JPN/Agencies)
"It's good to have cricketers who can bat and bowl, especially in test matches,” Dhoni said.
"Playing on surfaces like this, you may need that fifth bowler. We have not been able to get the kind of all-rounder that some of the other countries have,” he said.
"Because with that you can try to maintain the pressure ... (and) overall, that really sets the tone for the New Zealand team," Dhoni said.
The hosts saved the match courtesy of Brendon McCullum's triple century - the first by a New Zealander in test cricket - and his partnerships with BJ Watling and Jimmy Neesham.
Both Watling and Neesham scored centuries as New Zealand recovered from 94 for five on the third day to declare on a record total of 680 for eight before lunch on Tuesday, setting India an impossible victory target of 435 in 67 overs.
It could have been a different story had Virat Kohli held a chance off McCullum when the New Zealand captain was on nine.
He then went on to share a world-record sixth wicket 352-run partnership with Watling to bat his side to safety by stumps on the fourth day.
"That was one of the partnerships that we had to break to get into the lower order batsmen," Dhoni said of the McCullum-Watling partnership.
"From behind the stumps, you try to figure out how to get him out. You'll try everything from catching slips to catching covers to deep square leg to deep point. Bowling onto the pads and bowling outside off,” Dhoni said.
"Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't work. I think overall we'll accept that we were not able to get two batsmen out and they batted really well,” he said.
Dhoni also rued one dropped catch that cost them a potential series-levelling victory over New Zealand in the second test that ended in a draw.