Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan was named one of the Five Cricketers of the Year in this year's Wisden Cricketers' Almanack published on Wednesday.
In what is arguably the oldest individual honour in the game's history, Zaheer was joined by West Indians Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ottis Gibson, now England's bowling coach, and the England pair of Ian Bell and Ryan Sidebottom in the elite list.
All five were rewarded for their performance in the past English season.
The last time an Indian made it to the chart was in 2002 when VVS Laxman was named alongside Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist, Jason Gillespie and Damien Martyn.
Zaheer was particularly impressive during his stint with Worcestershire.
Meanwhile, South African batting mainstay Jacques Kallis was adjudged the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2007.