The off-spinner returned with figures of 2-14 in his four overs and he was one of the main reasons behind India managing to maintain a stranglehold over the Afghanistan batting order.
With an excellent return of 2/14 from his full quota of four overs, Ashwin, who was playing a white-ball game after four years, played his part in tying down Afghanistan's scoring.
Afghanistan, who have played four games in the Super 12 stage, are sitting at the second spot, with four points and a net-run rate of +1.481.
Former captain Dravid was on Wednesday appointed as the head coach of the Indian men's cricket team by the BCCI and he will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand.
Having been on the road for long, the Indians looked jaded and out of sorts in the first two matches and it was attributed to the preceding IPL, but Rohit disagreed.
Ashwin, who was playing a white-ball game after four years, was one of the architects of India's 66-run win against Afghanistan which kept their slim chance of reaching the semifinals alive.
With their net run-rate finally entering the positive bracket (+0.073), India would now hope that Afghanistan can recover from this drubbing and upset New Zealand.
This was also the highest total in this edition of T20 World Cup but one can only hope that it hasn't come two matches too late.
Afghanistan won the toss and opted to field against India at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Jaded India enter the match to win big after losing both games they played while determined Afghanistan look for that elusive victory against the traditional heavyweights.
Hamid Hassan, who picked three wickets against Namibia last week, also pointed out how well Afghanistan batsmen have performed in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
India's run has been derailed after two crushing defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand and the performance that they have put in is not worthy of a semi-final spot.
Having lost opener, Kohli & Co may revisit their plans, including playing Ishan instead of Pandya or Suryakumar against NZ on Sunday