"He had motivated me a lot during the IPL."
The good news for Markande came soon after the four-day game against the England Lions concluded.
All the franchises expressed their love towards cricket on Valentine's Day.
Rohit has won three IPL titles for MI.
Karthik faced flak from all quarters for his refusal to take the run.
With India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma picking Krunal Pandya ahead of Kuldeep Yadav for the game at Eden Park, a section of the fans was irate for they felt it was ‘Mumbai Indians quota’ which was affecting team selection.
It documents the personal journeys of each member of the team, including captain Rohit Sharma, owners Nita and Akash Ambani as well coach Mahela Jayawardene.
Pandya and Rahul have already missed the Australia series and have been ruled out of the New Zealand tour.
"No other substitute can step in for him. Name one option who can even come closer."
The fans were pretty convinced that this was a direct dig at the Indian captain, who captains Mumbai's arch rivals RCB in the IPL.