T20 leagues have been sprouting around the world ever since the advent of the IPL in 2008, currently, every major cricket playing nation in the world has a T20 league of its own.
The introduction of these T20 leagues has become a boon for talented domestic players both young and experienced, providing a platform to play against some of the best players from around the globe in front of thousands of fans.
Some players rise above the rest, put in a string of impressive performances and grab the attention of both fans and selectors alike to make to their respective national teams.
Here are some of the players who performed impressively in their domestic T20 leagues to make it to the national squad.
#1 Jasprit Bumrah(Mumbai Indians & India)
Armed with a relatively unorthodox action, Jasprit Bumrah came into the spotlight during the 2013 IPL season when he announced his arrival with a fiery spell on his debut against the mighty Royal Challengers Bangalore on a batting friendly Chinnaswamy pitch. He finished with 3/32 scalping Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair in his full quota of 4 overs.
His performance in the IPL catapulted him into his home state Gujrat's playing XI, where he continued his impressive progress and was bought by the Mumbai Indians for 1.2 million in the 2014 IPL auction.
His breakout season came during 2016 IPL season as he replaced an injured Lasith Malinga as a frontline bowler, he finished the season with 15 wickets in 14 matches. The following season saw a change in guard as Bumrah became MI's leading bowler even as Malinga returned to the fold, he finished with 20 wickets in 16 matches and was instrumental in Mumbai winning their third IPL title.
Bumrah's first foray into international cricket came in 2016, when he was selected in India's T20I squad for the Australian tour but a series of events and an injury to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar led to Bumrah making a shock ODI debut in the final match of the One Day series. He brought his A-game with him as he finished with impressive figures of 2/40.
He continued his rich vein of form in the T20I series where he collected 6 wickets in 3 matches, his performance in the series impressed Dhoni who declared him as the 'find of the series'.
Since then Bumrah has become one of the best bowlers in the game across all formats, he was instrumental in India's first test series win down under where he knocked down 21 Aussie wickets to feature in the top wicket-takers list. He has become Kohli's go-to bowler in any condition and will be one of the premier players for India in the coming future.
#2 D'Arcy Short(Hobart Hurricanes & Australia)
Just like his surname, D'Arcy tends to leave a lot of people short of superlatives to describe his batting. An aggressive left-handed batsman, D'Arcy is a product of the Big Bash League, Australia's premier T20 tournament.
D'Arcy Short's first season in the big bash was during the 2016/17 season where he opened the innings for the Hobart Hurricanes. He hit the ground running immediately scoring a half-century on debut at a destructive strike rate of 210. He finished the season with 198 runs of 8 matches.
He returned with the Hobert Hurricanes for the 2017/18 season and brought the tournament to a standstill with his batting performances. He scored a mammoth 572 runs in 15 matches at an average of 57.20 and a strike rate of 148.57. Such was the amount of runs he scored in the tournament that the next batsman on the list had 247 runs less than him!.
Short's spectacular run in the Big Bash league earned him a call up to the Australian T20I squad for the triangular series with England and New Zealand. He put up some eye-popping performances in the series, scoring 196 runs in 5 matches at an average of 39.2 along with 2 fifties. He has become an integral part of the Australian T20I squad but his status in the ODI squad is still under process.
#3 Rassie Van Der Dussen(Jozi Stars & South Africa)
South Africa launched their first global T20 league, the Mzansi Super League in 2018 and was able to unearth some local talent of its own. Right Handed attacking batsman Rassie Van Der Dussen was one of them.
Representing the Jozi Stars, Rassie Van Der Dussen was at his destructive best in the inaugural season of the Mzansi Super League. He was the highest run-getter in the tournament amassing a total of 469 runs in 11 innings at an average of 58.62 and a strike rate of 138.75. He scored 4 fifties in total and was the league leader in 6's with 23 to his name.
His performance led to a national call-up by the Proteas for the T20I series against Zimbabwe, where he scored a half-century on debut. Rassie made his ODI debut against Pakistan where he scored 93 in his debut innings, he already has 3 fifties in just 5 innings and has an overall average of 136.5!.
#4 Asif Ali(Islamabad United & Pakistan)
Since Shahid Afridi's departure from the international stage, Pakistan has tried unsuccessfully to find a player who could play the role of a finisher in their squad. Their search for a power hitter finally came to an end in the 2018 season of the PSL, when Islamabad United batsman Asif Ali played some swashbuckling cameos in the death overs including a match-winning one in the final.
Asif Ali was at his destructive best during the 2018 edition of the PSL, he scored 213 runs at an average of 30.42 & a strike rate of 169!. He usually left his best for the last scoring runs at a strike rate of 215.09 in the final five overs of the innings.
His performance of the tournament came during the finals when he smashed 26 runs off just 6 balls including 3 consecutive sixes against one of Pakistan's premier fast bowlers Hasan Ali to win the title for his side. Asif earned his national call-up immediately after the commencement of the PSL season for the T20I series against the West Indies.
His strike rates of 130.71 and 137.81 in ODI's and T20I's tell that he has been successful in transitioning to the highest level of the sport without changing his natural attacking game.