Cricket's T20 World Cup concluded with a classic thriller of a final — with India crowned champion on Saturday — but the tournament may also go down as a milestone for a game eager to expand its global footprint.

With the decision to increase the size of the tournament to 20 teams and play part of the group stage in the United States, the International Cricket Council (ICC) viewed this World Cup as a vehicle to expand the popularity of the sport.

More teams from emerging cricket nations were given a chance to perform on the global stage, and Americans were offered the opportunity to engage with a game that ranks far below the nation's mainstream sports.