Again there are a number of contenders for the fast bowlers' slots while Harbhajan will remain the spin king.
A couple of new faces, however, could find a place as the selectors have made it clear that their long term plan is to build a winning side for the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub continent.
How the Indian team fares in 2010 would be a pointer as to whether it has a realistic chance of regaining the trophy they have won only once in 1983.
As far as cricket's newest and shortest format goes, the Indians have a chance of winning back the trophy they won in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.
They certainly would be keen to do well in the Caribbean Islands to wipe out the unhappy memories of this year's World Cup held in England when they made an early exit.
And as usual the third edition of the IPL will garner a lot of attention from media, the fans and sponsors alike.In Image: The youngsters have performed well to fit in the big boots left by the stalwards
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