'Finally the Rock has come back' - Virat Kohli heard saying on stump mic as Jasprit Bumrah returned to bowl in Centurion

Bumrah missed the action for close to two hours after twisting his ankle.

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Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah
Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

There is no doubt that Jasprit Bumrah is the heart of the Indian bowling. Yes, Mohammed Shami intimidates batters with his pace and swing. Yes, Mohammed Siraj has emerged as a dependable and a wicket-taking bowler and yes, the likes of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have constantly done well when given the opportunity. But the team’s and fans’ heart skips a beat when something happens to Bumrah.

Something similar happened during the third day’s play in Centurion on Tuesday (December 28) when India’s premier fast-bowler twisted his ankle in his follow through after delivering a ball. He was grimacing in pain even as the whole team rallied around him on the field. Unfortunately, he had to walk off the field with physio leaving a doubt in everyone’s mind if he will play again in the series or not.

Jasprit Bumrah was away from the action for close to two hours. Having five genuine bowlers in the line-up worked here for India as they kept picking wickets at regular intervals. Shami led the way while the other bowlers chipped in as well with Ravi Ashwin making sure he didn’t give easy runs despite getting off to a poor start.

India had South Africa reeling at 144/7 and though Bumrah was back on the field, he wasn’t bowling. Smartly, the visitors held him back and it seemed they were going to bowl him only if necessary. Also, to be eligible to bowl again, Bumah had to be in the field long enough. South Africa’s lower-order ensured he came back though as Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj added crucial runs for the team.

Kohli delighted with Bumrah’s return

At the end of the 60th over, Jasprit Bumrah was finally eligible to bowl. This was the time when Rabada and Maharaj were building a decent partnership. India skipper was delighted at that time as his go-to bowler was set to come back and was heard saying, “Finally, the Rock has come back.” This dialogue became famous when the WWE star Rock said it after he came back in 2011 post the 8-year hiatus.

Twitterati didn’t miss out the golden moment and soon the stump mic comments of Kohli went viral on social media.

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