R Ashwin will be a part of India's squad for West Indies, where Kohli and Co will play four Test matches.
"He gives me enough freedom to express myself and take control of what fields I want to set and how I want to bowl," the off-spinner was quoted by a news daily as saying.
"Virat is a very thorough captain. He does his homework before the game," Ashwin added.
After receiving Ceat International Bowler of the Year award, Ashwin said he always strove to improve every day and would even like to bowl a full quota of maiden overs in a T20 game in the future.
"The IPL gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills. I picked up off spin at 17 which was quite late, I feel, but it was first class cricket that enabled me to keep getting better," he said.
"I strive to keep better and one day I want to bowl four maiden overs in a T20 game," he added.
He also said he wants to perform well as a batsman whenever given a chance.
"I would like to take it with both hands whenever given the chance," said the off-spinner.