Kane Williamson remains the "perfect man" to lead New Zealand, according to India star Virat Kohli.
Jasprit Bumrah tormented New Zealand as Rohit Sharma's injury failed to halt India in Mount Maunganui.
After losing four wickets in the final regulation over, New Zealand lost to India in a Super Over for the second time in three days.
Kyle Jamieson has earned a first Black Caps call-up, while Scott Kuggeleijn and Hamish Bennett have been recalled amid a host of injuries.
There was a sense of deja vu for New Zealand when they were consigned to another Super Over defeat after being on the brink of victory.
KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer again impressed with the bat as India dominated New Zealand in Auckland.
New Zealand belatedly took care of India's top order but could not contain Shreyas Iyer as they slipped to an opening Twenty20I defeat.
Sanju Samson has taken Shikhar Dhawan's place in India's T20 squad, while Prithvi Shaw has replaced him for the ODIs.
Aaron Finch praised Steve Smith's exploits in the third ODI against India, but the Australia skipper was frustrated by how he got out.
Despite a worrying injury for Shikhar Dhawan, India eased to a seven-wicket victory over Australia to claim the three-match ODI series 2-1.