Bangalore, Aug 17: India offspinner R Ashwin has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped him in developing a good understanding with captain MS Dhoni, who he says never interferes in his field placings while bowling.
Ashwin, who has taken over as India's number one spinner in all formats of the game, said he wants to become a genuine all-round cricketer and is confident of doing well in South Africa later this year.
"I don't hesitate to ask my captain (MS Dhoni) what I want as a bowler. IPL has helped develop a good understanding with Dhoni," Ashwin told "Deccan Chronicle" on Saturday.
"He has never changed the field that I set up. He gives suggestions when things go wrong. Whenever he tosses the ball to me, he just goes behind the stumps and asks to set my own fielding. That's a good sign of trust. I reckon he believes in my skills," the tall Tamil Nadu spinner added.
"I have good memories of South Africa and I'm confident that I will be able to perform well there," he said on the South Africa tour.
When asked whether he still aims to become an all-rounder at the international level, he said: "I always wanted to become a genuine all-round cricketer and it's still a target."
Ashwin did admit that he had limitations as a fielder. "I have my own limitations when it comes to fielding, but I am striving hard to improve my agility. The match I fielded best in my career was the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal against Australia."
"I trained really hard during the World Cup. It gave me that belief that I could be an asset on the field. I have a good shoulder and arm. Being a tall guy, I was concentrating in straighter areas, but suddenly came an idea from CSK fielding coach Steve Rixon to put me in the slips," he said.
The 26-year-old Ashwin has so far taken 92 wickets in 16 Tests and 80 scalps from 58 One Day Internationals. He is currently playing for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association XI (TNCA XI) in Chennai in the All-India Buchi Babu four-day tournament.