Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal's presence is the 'x-factor' that the country will have against India in the upcoming limited overs series, which starts in Bangalore from Tuesday, according to former Pakistan captain and noted commentator Ramiz Raja.
The Daily Times quoted Raja, as saying that Ajmal is someone who knows how to pick up wickets and also has a lot of variation in his bowling.
Talk of Ajmal and comparisons with India's Ravichandran Ashwin are bound to crop up, but Ramiz felt that the Tamil Nadu boy needed to work on his variations.
Raja said Ashwin was "trying too many things" during the Test matches against England, while trying to come round the wicket.
He added that Ashwin's bowling was very disappointing during England T20 Internationals as he got only one wicket. Raja said Ashwin needs to concentrate more on bowling rather than batting.
Meanwhile Ajmal will be targeting to break the national record of 'most wickets in a year'- which is currently held by Saqlain Mushtaq who scored 101 wickets 15 years ago - in the three games left.
The 35-year-old, ranked number one in the world in the official ICC ratings for ODI cricket, has bagged 93 wickets for his country so far, reports The Nation.
Ajmal is expected to feature in two T20 internationals against India in Bangalore on Tuesday and on December 27 in Ahmedabad. Ajmal's final game of 2012 comes on December 30 when Pakistan face India in a 50-over international.