It certainly is. When a cricketer allows staleness to creep into his play it tells on his performance. Every outing is laboured, every stroke an effort.
And one can see that Tendulkar on the field of play still retains a boyish enthusiasm whether batting, bowling or fielding.
In Image: West Indies' star batsman Brian Lara (L) and India star Sachin Tendulkar talk in the clubhouse before the start of the match during the 2002 fifth and final Test Match Cricket Series 22 May 2002 at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.