Kohli and veteran off-spinner Ashwin are the two Indians among seven players nominated for the most prestigious award.
IPL 2020: 'It's not going to be easy', Sanjay Bangar issues warning to MI ahead of Qualifier 1 clash against DC
MI seemed to have lost rhythm against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final league match, with Rohit Sharma’s return from injury being short-lived and their bowlers seemingly struggling without the premier pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult in their 10-wicket defeat.
If DC do lose both their games, they will remain stranded on 14 points. Both MI and RCB will have at least 16 points. Both KXIP and KKR could finish with 16 points, too. And both SRH and RR could finish on 14 points as well, with SRH’s net run rate significantly clear of DC’s after Tuesday.
IPL 2020: Purple and Orange Cap an eyewash, what matters is contribution towards victory, says R Ashwin
In IPL, the highest scorer in the tournament gets 'Orange Cap' and top wicket-taker bags the 'Purple Cap' but Ashwin feels that monikers like these are useless until the team wins matches.
Check out photos from Match 23 of IPL 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals.
IPL 2020: R Ashwin says Ricky Ponting promised to speak to ICC about run-penalty for non-strikers backing too far
Ashwin, who had been in the news for running out Jos Buttler after the batsman had backed up too far at non-striker's end during an IPL game last year, was seen giving a warning to Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Aaron Finch in Dubai on Monday.
De Villiers was of the view that RCB came second best to DC in all departments of the game against DC on Monday night.
IPL 2020: 'First and final warning' says R Ashwin after opting against Mankad run-out of Aaron Finch
Ashwin, who famously Mankaded England's Jos Buttler in last year's competition, stopped his run-up and warned Aaron Finch when the Australian ventured out of his crease at the non-striker's end.
Against a side like CSK that revels in attacking the last 10 overs, the Capitals might like to try Harshal Patel, who is also a handy batsman at any number having opened in domestic cricket.
IPL 2020: R Ashwin will be ready for next game but physio to take final call, says Delhi Capitals' skipper Shreyas Iyer
Ashwin endured dream and nightmare in a space of six deliveries as he scalped two KXIP batsmen and then suffered a suspected shoulder dislocation on Sunday.
IPL 2020 Delhi Capitals preview: DC could repeat last season's performance but need to address finisher's role issue
Along with a strong bowling contingent, Delhi Capitals have a formidable top-order batting lineup but the middle and lower-order seem vulnerable. Shreyas Iyer and Co could manage another fantastic season in IPL if they could paper over that crack.
IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting says R Ashwin is on 'same page' with him regarding mankading
Ashwin, who was in the spotlight last IPL after dismissing Jos Buttler during a Kings XI Punjab versus Rajasthan Royals encounter, did something that his current IPL coach didn't endorse.
KL Rahul has been a force to reckon with in the IPL for KXIP. In 2018 he scored 659 runs from 14 matches with an average of 54.91 while last year he scored 593 runs with an average of 53.9 that included a century and six fifties.
ICC match referee Javagal Srinath backs bowlers in run-out debate, says non-striker 'should stick to the crease'
Srinath said he would want the batsman to stay, be more careful. Look into the arm of the bowler and let himself go only after the ball is released.
IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer demands consistency from entire team, not just 'one performer'
Iyer welcomed the new additions in the form of experienced India players Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane.
IPL 2020: Ajinkya Rahane says he enjoys opening innings but is also ready for 'finisher's role' at Delhi Capitals
Rahane, who joined Delhi Capitals this year, may find it difficult to find a slot in the top order as Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are set to open the batting with Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer and Rishabh Pant being next in line.
IPL 2020: R Ashwin says he had a good chat with Ricky Ponting over running out non-striker, will reveal details next week
Ponting, head coach of Ashwin's team Delhi Capitals, had said he would have a discussion with Ashwin on the controversial manner of getting a batsman out ahead of the IPL starting 19 September in the UAE.
The 'Mankading' debate: R Ashwin suggests bowlers should get 'free ball' in case non-striker backs up too far
Ashwin's suggestion is similar to the concept of free hit, which allows the batsmen to score the maximum without the fear of being dismissed if the bowler delivers a front-foot no ball.
R Ashwin calls for parity between batsmen and bowlers, suggests disallowing run if non-striker backs up before ball release
Ashwin’s comments come after the introduction of ICC’s new law that states technology will be used to monitor front-foot no-balls during the inaugural ICC World Cup Super League, which starts on 30 July with the England-Ireland ODIs.
Darren Gough says Dom Sibley proved he could play spin after scoring freely against R Ashwin in county game
Playing for Warwickshire, Sibley had scored an unbeaten 215 against Nottinghamshire last year with premier India off-spinner Ashwin being among the opposition bowlers.