It took just two matches for Delhi Capitals’ bowling to come a full circle. After a string of lacklustre performances, the DC bowlers had come up with a fine effort against Royal Challengers Bangalore to qualify in second place.

Just three days later, in the first qualifier in Dubai, the mighty Mumbai Indians batsmen carted the DC bowlers all around the park to rack up 200. MI ended up winning the match by 57 runs to enter its sixth IPL final. But one constant across two matches was the first-rate performance of R. Ashwin. The ‘Mankading’ of Jos Buttler in last year’s IPL and his repeated attempts at being innovative — like stopping in his stride, bowling leg-spin, etc. — have distracted from the perception of his success as a world-class off-spinner. Perhaps he was reacting to the expectations that Twenty20 as a format places on bowlers — to ‘disrupt’ and ‘mix it…

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