Now for the predictions and it can be said straightaway that there is unlikely to be much change as regards the composition of the Indian Test team.
The first seven in the batting order should remain the same while Dhoni will continue as skipper.
The batting will continue to be as lustrous as ever even as the famous trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman enter the twilight of their careers.
That there will not be any retirements can be predicted quite safely.
Virender Sehwag will continue to blaze away, Gautam Gambhir will continue to be among the runs while hopefully Yuvraj Singh will once and for all consolidate his position in the middle order.
It remains to be seen though whether Dhoni will continue to be the man with the Midas touch.In Image: Even at the fag end of their careers, the trio are still indispensible.