Mumbai has won the Ranji Trophy 41 times. To win his 42nd title, he has to wait at least until next year.
We can say that with certainty, even if there is still one round of games in the pre-league this season. This happened after Mumbai failed on Friday in Rajkot in his desperate attempt to win against Saurashtra, although it was only three gates away.
Only on February 15, when the games of the last round are over, would we know who will advance to the knockout stage and who will relegate. Mumbai's conquerors Saurashtra and Gujarat have already done enough to secure their places in the last eight games.
The top five top division teams that combine groups A and B will reach the quarter-finals. In the final round, Gujarat leads the table with 29 points, followed by Saurashtra with 28.
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The race for the remaining three places is wide open. Andhra, currently third with 27 points, seems to be in the best position to secure one of these berths. Even if they lose their away game against Gujarat, they still have a chance to make it.
Bengal (26), Karnataka (25) and Punjab (24) are better than the others. Uttar Pradesh (20), Tamil Nadu (19), defending champions Vidarbha (18) and Delhi (18) not only have to win their games, but also have to achieve good results from others.
Kerala, who had qualified for the knockout round in the last two seasons, is a team that could afford to watch the finals with total disinterest. It has already relegated to Group C after drawing its last game against Vidarbha in Nagpur, where bad weather made it impossible to complete the first innings.
Another team will join groups A and B in Kerala. It could either be Hyderabad, the last with six points, five under Madhya Pradesh.
A team from Group C descends into the Plate Division. It will be either Uttarakhand (two points) or Tripura (six).
Two teams from the group will reach the quarter-finals. Jammu & Kashmir (39 points), Odisha (35), Services (33), Haryana (30) and Maharashtra (28) can afford to hope.
A team from the Plate Group is advancing to the last eight. Goa (43 points), Pondicherry (41) and Chandigarh (36) are the leading competitors.
It would be interesting to watch the final of the 18 games in the preliminary round of India's first domestic tournament starting on February 12th.