Dhoni said telling the youngsters not to play big shots would lead to their going into a shell and that will not be good for their development.

 

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"The No. 5s and 6s are quite new; they will learn their way. Some will play big shots; some will take it deep. Cricket has changed, people like to play big shots," Dhoni said after India lost the Ranchi match by 19 runs as the Kiwis levelled the five-match series 2-2," he told PTI.

 

"It is important not to tell them to stop playing the shots; you don't want them to go into their shells. They played their shots when the ball was in their area.

 

They will learn after they have played 15-20 games and will figure out what works for them, and they will serve (for the country) for long," he added.

 

The Indian captain said that his side would have to play their best in the fifth and final ODI in Visakhapatnam on October 29.

 

"Usually there is dew at this time of the year, and in Indian cricket the moment you talk about dew you want to bowl first. We will have to be at our best in the decider."