While Southee didn't give a definitive answer but it seemed that conditions in Mumbai warrant Neil Wagner's presence in the playing XI for the second Test at Wankhede.
Ashwin picks up wicket of Will Young to became joint third highest wicket-taker in Indian cricket with Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets).
Playing a three-match series three days after the T20 World Cup final, the Kiwis suffered their second defeat on the trot, going down to India by seven wickets in the second T20 in Ranchi on Nov 19.
Having already won the series, Rohit and Dravid will now like to maintain balance between winning and also trying out all their available resources to see how each and every individual is placed.
Interestingly, New Zealand have lost both their T20Is against India under Southee's captaincy during the five-match T20I series in January last year.
Senior speedster Tim Southee will lead the Black Caps in the white ball series, the New Zealand Cricket stated in its release.
A win for the Kiwis would shut India's hopes of advancing to the last-four as it would take them to eight points, putting things beyond the reach of Virat Kohli's men.
Almost all Kiwi bowlers, including pacers Trent Boult, Southee, Adam Milne and Kyle Jamieson and spinner Mitchell Santner, featured in the second leg of the IPL that concluded last month.
The incident happened during Delhi Capitals' innings when Ashwin and Rishabh Pant decided to take a run after the ball deflected off his partner's body.
Kane Williamson and company won the inaugural WTC final, beating India by eight wickets in Southampton in a thrilling contest last month.
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee puts WTC final shirt on auction to help fund eight-year-old girl's cancer treatment
Tim Southee is auctioning off his World Test Championship final shirt to help fund cancer treatment for 8-year-old Hollie Beattie.
Hoping to play more three-match Test series rather than two-match ones: New Zealand pacer Tim Southee
Tim Southee said he hopes that his side plays more three-match Test series as compared to two-match Test series.
New Zealand defeated world number one India by eight wickets in the final here on Wednesday.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are currently unbeaten at 8 and 12 respectively as India took a narrow lead of 32 in the last session of day five.
If all goes well, the South Africa-born Wagner, who is No 4 in the ICC Test rankings, should be lining up for his adopted country in the final of the World Test Championship.