Two giants of Indian cricket quit the game within a week of each other.
One accumulated over 300 Test wickets, only the second Indian fast bowler to do so.
The other is the only Indian to have scored a triple ton in Tests, not once but twice and it could easily have been one more.
One was a canny operator outfoxing the best of the opposition with his wily wares.
The other kept it simple. The ball was meant to be hit when it was in the hitting zone.
Both are 37 years young and can still pad up for a fresh innings in the journey of life.
One has retired from international cricket but will continue to appear in the IPL.
The other has retired from international cricket and the IPL but may make an appearance at Sachin Tendulkar’s T20 All Star League in the US. He celebrated his departure by slamming a century against Karnataka for Haryana in a Ranji trophy game.
One was instrumental in India reaching the final at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa and clinching the title in 2011 at home.
The other was a member of both the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ICC ODI World Cup winning squads.
They are both modest and soft-spoken to the point of being self-effacing.
One is still single and obviously a catch for any young woman.
The other is married to Aarti Ahlawat and has two sons Aryavir and Vedant.
One promised—in his retirement statement—to return with the headline ‘Zak is back’.
The other quoted Mark Twain claiming that stories of his retirement were greatly exaggerated.
Indian cricket will surely miss them.
Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag, farewell, adios, sayonara.