I was only nodding off. In a lighthearted on-air reaction to a query about his tenure as head coach, Shastri said, “I couldn’t be bothered.”

In the second T20I of the series, Team India easily beat South Africa by a score of 16 runs, giving them a dominating 2-0 lead in the three-match series. India produced a respectable 237/3 in 20 overs after Temba Bavuma asked them to bat, with all four of their top batters considerably contributing. Following KL Rahul’s 57 runs, Rohit Sharma also scored a fast 43 before Suryakumar Yadav took control with an incredible 22-ball 61-run effort. Dinesh Karthik drove India to a massive score in Guwahati by hitting two sixes in the last over, while Virat Kohli remained unbroken at 49.

However, South Africa made a great comeback and scored 221/3 in 20 overs, in large part because of David Miller’s unbeaten century (106* off 47 balls). The Proteas’ start was rather strange as their captain played out a maiden over against Deepak Chahar despite Miller’s power hitting and Quinton de Kock’s late blooming. The Proteas needed 64 runs to win the match by the 19th over of the game.

Arshdeep Singh bowled the last over of the South African innings and got things started with a no-ball. After hammering a short pitch ball towards deep mid-wicket on the free shot, De Kock was dropped by Rohit Sharma. It wouldn’t have mattered even if Rohit had caught the delivery, but after the drop, the camera panned towards head coach Rahul Dravid and the support staff. Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of India, was on-air at the moment, and Murali Kartik took advantage of the occasion to ask Shastri a slightly difficult question. If you were the coach, were you aware that we were alerting you whenever there was an issue with the team? Kartik questioned Shastri.

The former India head coach answered with a truly hilarious remark. Shastri said, “I was dozing off the whole time. I didn’t want to make a fuss. It’s entertaining to watch TV. “I just hoped I wasn’t picking my nose or anything like that,” Shastri added.

Shastri led India’s cricket team from 2017 to 2021 and was in charge of a tremendous run of performances, particularly in Test matches. India won two-Test series in Australia when Rahul Dravid was in charge, and before the fifth Test was played earlier this year, India had a 2-1 lead in the five-match Test series in England.