New Delhi: The cliche "performance should be the sole criterion for selection" fits the bill for Yuvraj Singh's walk back into India's limited-overs team when the selectors meet to pick the squad that will face the touring Aussies in a seven-match ODI series.
Yuvraj Singh's last five limited-overs innings - 84, 52, 61, 40 and 123 - are enough to re-invent selectors' interest in India's World Cup hero, who once again looks hungry for success.
In his latest knock on Friday, playing for India Blue in the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, Yuvraj knocked the wind out of India Red bowlers in 53 balls that saw him smashing 84 runs, laced with 6 fours and 5 sixes, at a strike rate of 158.49. Together with Abhishek Nayar, who was even more devastating in his innings of 75 in 39 balls, Yuvraj added 151 runs in mere 13 overs. Medium pacer Suraj Yadav was the most seriously hurt bowler in that onslaught, conceding 84 runs in his 10-over spell.
Yuvraj's comeback attempt began when he was named skipper of the India A squad to take on West Indies A in three unofficial ODIs and one-off Twenty20. He had waited for that opportunity while getting himself in shape in France and then back home, and seems to have grabbed it with both hands.
1st one-dayer: Yuvraj Singh c Beaton b Bonner 123 (89), 8 fours, 7 sixes, strike rate 138.20
The stylish southpaw embraced the opportunity with an all-too-familiar blitzkrieg hitting 123 off just 89 balls to lead India A to 312 for 4, which laid the foundation for a 77-run win.
2nd one-dayer: Yuvraj Singh c Powell b Miller 40 (58), 3 fours, 1 six
Yuvraj almost won his team the series but his innings was cut short close to another half-century, which led to India's defeat by 55 runs.
3rd one-dayer: Yuvraj Singh b Nurse 61 (59), 4 fours, 3 sixes, strike rate 103.38
Another fifty in the match at Bangalore confirmed that Yuvraj was back with a purpose, but there was disappointment in store for India A who lost the match by 45 runs and with it the series 1-2.
Only T20: Yuvraj Singh c Powell b Russell 52 (35), 4 fours, 3 sixes, strike rate 148.57
Fireworks continued in the one-off Twenty20, where Yuvraj slammed another blistering half-century to lead India to a massive 93-run victory.
When you see Yuvraj bat like that, it's difficult to see him sitting out of the team. But he has fought lot more serious battles than bad form to know what it takes to box out of a corner and deliver the knockout punch.
Everything about Yuvraj seems to be back and in place: the usual languid walk to the middle, followed by a milking approach that slowly fills his bucket with runs before the big shots arrive and runs overflow.
If these five knocks don't earn him an limited-overs recall, god knows what will.