India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was adjudged the winner of the ICC's People's Choice Award, becoming the third Indian and fourth overall to bag the honour, an ICC release said on Wednesday.
Bhuvneshwar was voted ahead of fellow nominees - England women's captain Charlotte Edwards, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn.
The award caps off a breakthrough year for Bhuvneshwar who had successful tours of New Zealand and England, after which he emerged as the leader of India's bowling attack.
Bhuvneshwar becomes the fourth overall recipient of the people's choice award after it was introduced in 2010. Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara (2011 and 2012) and MS Dhoni are the previous winners.
The BCCI also congratulated Bhuvneshwar on the occasion. "He has been one of our most consistent cricketers with bat and ball in the recent past," it said in a media release on Wednesday.