On Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and much-admired scientist C N R Rao, congratulating them on being elected for Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the nation. In a letter to Tendulkar, Singh illustrated him as a "true ambassador" of India in the world of sports. "In bestowing this award on you, the nation has honored a living legend whose plentiful achievements and excellent carry out on the cricketing field have inspired millions across the globe. You have been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports. We salute you as a sporting genius and a universal sporting icon," Singh said. He said Tendulkar will keep on inspiring the countrymen not only in sports but also in other areas of human effort. In his admiring letter to Rao, Singh lauded his efforts of "fervently nurturing" young scientists. "In bestowing this award on you, the nation has honored a renowned scientist and a well recognized global authority on solid state and materials chemistry. We salute your work not only as a scientist but also in fervently nurturing young scientists and strengthening the science infrastructure in our nation," the PM wrote. He said India looks ahead to his nonstop guidance of Indian science and scientists. Tendulkar (40) and Rao (79), both of whom are recipients of Padma Vibhushan - country's second utmost civilian honour, join a list of 41 renowned personalities to get the award given in recognition of extraordinary service of the highest order since it was instituted in 1954.