17 Container plants

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 17 By Robert R. WesterfieldUniversity ofGeorgiaThere’s no better way to accent a deck, patio or porch than withannuals in containers. The endless variety of colors availablefor sunny spots, shady spots and spots in-between is almostlimitless.But before you invest in plants, look at the most importantcontributors to success: site selection, soil preparation andplant selection.Other factors such as watering, fertilizing and controlling pestsare certainly important. But most failures with annuals in thelandscape or containers are due to poor choices of site, soil orplants.Where to startLook first at your site. Is it shady all day, shady during theheat of the day, full sun only in the morning, full sun only inthe afternoon or full sun all day? This is important to know.You’ll need to base your plant selection on it.Go out at different times of the day to assess the amount ofsunlight an area gets. Some plants can grow in varying amounts ofsunlight. Others will quickly decline in the wrong exposure.Soil preparation is critical, too. When you look at a sicklycontainer plant, there’s a 90-percent chance the problem is dueto something happening at the root level. Usually it is due to apoor soil mix or overwatering the plant.Buy a quality container potting mix for plants, free from diseaseor weed seed. Be sure to use a container large enough that theroots can expand through the potting soil.DrainageAnother critical factor is good drainage. Be careful of thosecontainers that have catch basins for excess water. They’re nicein theory but create root-rot problems. If you use these, it’s agood idea to tilt the container after a few minutes afterwatering and drain out the excess water.You’ll really be excited about plant performance when you have agood, healthy root system.Finally, be sure you select the right plant. You know your site,so this job should be relatively easy.Impatiens love shade. Annual Vinca loves full sun. Salvia lovesabout a half day of full sun. Petunias like sun but perform bestin the spring and fall, not during the hot summer. The list goeson and on.The variety tag in bedding plant trays is a good place to startlooking for different flowers’ light requirements.Your county University of Georgia Extension Service office isanother good place to look. Ask for a copy of “Flowering Annualsfor Georgia Gardens” and “Container Gardening.”(Bob Westerfield is an Extension Service consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Wolf Administration Testifies to Benefits of Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Plan

first_img Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Today, Deputy Chief of Staff Sam Robinson joined Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin to testify before the joint House and Senate policy committees about the benefits of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure investment plan.“We believe that the residents of Pennsylvania deserve to live without fear that their children will ingest toxic chemicals, which have been found in too many communities. That all Pennsylvanians deserve to live in neighborhoods that are vibrant, healthy and free of blight, brownfields and decay. To have access to well-maintained public facilities and recreational amenities. They deserve to live without fear of losing their homes to flooding,” said Robinson. “We need Restore Pennsylvania to address these challenges. We need Restore Pennsylvania to give Pennsylvanians the commonwealth they deserve.”Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Robinson’s full remarks, as prepared:“Chairwoman Boscola, Chairman Sturla, and members of the House and Senate Democratic Policy Committees, thank you for having me here today to discuss the Governor’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative, which was introduced last week with strong bipartisan support in both Chambers.“The Restore Pennsylvania concept was born of the Governor’s experience travelling the state, seeing the need first-hand, and hearing from frustrated officials who have seen investment in infrastructure dry up, even as the needs continue to grow.“The Governor shares his own frustration meeting with residents who were affected by flooding in last year’s unprecedented storms, and feeling like he was at a funeral, where all he could say was, “I’m sorry for your loss” without having state programs to help rebuild.“Restore was born out of that frustration and shows the Governor’s commitment to take action. The Governor convened a group of Secretaries, including Secretary Davin, as well as staff and told us to roll up our sleeves and get to work on a new path forward.“We began by identifying areas of need. Last year was the wettest year on record in Pennsylvania, resulting in over a hundred million dollars in damage to state owned infrastructure, tens of millions of dollars in property damage, and at least two deaths. PEMA reports that some 80% of the flooding that occurred happened in areas that have never flooded before.“In terms of broadband, the Federal Communications Commission estimates that approximately 800,000 Pennsylvanians lack access to reliable high-speed internet. More recently we’ve learned that the problem is even worse than we thought. According to a study released this month from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, not one county in the state has at least 50 percent of its population receiving broadband that meets federal definitions of high-speed service.“Across the state there are some 300,000 blighted properties that need to be either renovated, or demolished and rebuilt. These properties are lowering property values, promoting unsafe conditions, and possibly leading to crime. All too often they constitute a blight on our civic pride, a signal that a community is headed the wrong way.“To date, DEP is investigating PFAs contamination at 23 sites, and unfortunately more continue to be identified as the department begins a sampling plan across the state. The cost of installing activated carbon treatments in order to ensure that water is safe on just one municipal well can run a million dollars or more.“Across our state’s 121 state parks and 2 million acres of state forest we face infrastructure needs totaling nearly $1 billion, and in every grant round, our agencies receive more applications for worthy projects for new trail connections, stormwater funding, improvements to local parks, and preservation of farms and green space than current resources allow.“These are the among the challenges that the Governor is seeking to address with Restore Pennsylvania.“Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult forward in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.“Since announcing this program in January, the Governor has spent the past several months speaking directly to community leaders, business owners and residents who desperately need Restore Pennsylvania.“He’s met with many of you, and toured sites in your districts that have been ravaged by flooding or are struggling to tackle danger and decay caused by blight. He’s visited schools with pealing lead paint, and communities where students struggle to do homework because the area lacks broadband internet access.“Your feedback, and those of the leaders in your communities, have helped inform the legislation that was unveiled last week. And the conversation will continue, as we look forward to working with you to pass these bills and then to implementing programs that will ensure that every Pennsylvanian, in every corner of the state benefits.“At his inauguration, the Governor spoke about a commonwealth on a comeback. We have seen that in so many ways in recent months. And Restore Pennsylvania is the next step, investing in the promise of a better Pennsylvania.“We believe that the residents of Pennsylvania deserve to live without fear that their children will ingest toxic chemicals, which have been found in too many communities.“That all Pennsylvanians deserve to live in neighborhoods that are vibrant, healthy and free of blight, brownfields and decay. To have access to well-maintained public facilities and recreational amenities.“They deserve to live without fear of losing their homes to flooding.“We need Restore Pennsylvania to address these challenges. We need Restore Pennsylvania to give Pennsylvanians the commonwealth they deserve.”Learn more about Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan. Wolf Administration Testifies to Benefits of Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Plan SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 10, 2019last_img read more

Liverpool trio, U.S. World Cup winners head FIFA award shortlists

first_img(REUTERS) – Liverpool’s Champions League winning trio of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s player award, world soccer’s governing body announced yesterday.Salah and Mane shared the Premier League Golden Boot – with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – for the league’s top scorer with 22 goals each while Messi was the leading scorer in both La Liga (36 goals) and the Champions League (12 goals) last season.Centre back van Dijk was voted both the Premier League Player-of-the-Season and the Players’ Player-of-the-Year and was instrumental in the Merseyside club’s sixth European Cup triumph.Ronaldo won Italy’s Serie A title in his debut season with Juventus and was also voted the league’s most valuable player. He also led Portugal to the inaugural UEFA Nations League title last month.U.S. World Cup winners’ Megan Rapinoe won the top scorer’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament. Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz were nominated for the best women’s player award along with last year’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg.Hegerberg’s treble-winning Olympique Lyonnais teammates Lucy Bronze, Amandine Henry and Wendie Renard also made the cut.Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp and domestic treble winner Pep Guardiola of Manchester City head the nominees for the men’s Coach-of-the-Year award.Other nominees include Portugal coach Fernando Santos, Brazil coach Tite, who led his side to the Copa America title, and Africa Cup of Nations winner Djamel Belmadi of Algeria.U.S. women’s national team coach Jill Ellis, who led her side to their fourth World Cup title earlier this month, heads the list of nominees for the best women’s team coach.She is joined by Lyon’s treble-winning coach Reynald Pedros, Sarina Wiegman, who led the Netherlands to their first ever World Cup final and Joe Montemurro who led Arsenal to the FA Women’s Super League title.The three finalists for each award will be revealed at a later date, with the winners to be announced in a ceremony in Milan on September 23.Full list of nominees:The Best FIFA Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus), Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt (both Netherlands/Ajax Amsterdam), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Harry Kane (England/Tottenham Hotspur), Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (France/Paris St Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands/Liverpool).The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Lucy Bronze (England/Olympique Lyon), Ada Hegerberg (Norway/Olympique Lyon), Julie Ertz (U.S./Chicago Red Stars), Sam Kerr (Australia/Perth Glory and Chicago Red Stars), Rose Lavelle (U.S./Washington Spirit), Caroline Hansen (Norway/Barcelona), Amandine Henry (France/Olympique Lyon), Alex Morgan (U.S./Orlando Pride), Megan Rapinoe (U.S./Reign FC), Wendie Renard (France/Olympique Lyon), Ellen White (England/Manchester City).The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Milena Bertolini (Italy/Italian national team), Jill Ellis (U.S./U.S. national team), Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden/Swedish national team), Futoshi Ikeda (Japan/Japan Under-20 women’s team), Antonia Is (Spain/Spanish Under-17 team), Joe Montemurro (Australia/Arsenal women), Phil Neville (England/England), Reynald Pedros (France/Olympique Lyon), Paul Riley (England/North Carolina Courage), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands/Dutch national team).last_img read more

Shehu Bamidale wins 2013 National Pool tournament

first_imgShehu Bamidale defied the odds and defeated all in his way to emerge the 2013 National Pool tournament winner at the grand finale last Thursday, Boxing Day December 26 at the Accra Sports Stadium.Bamidale took home a pool table set, a trophy and Hunter’s Gold souvenirs as his prize for emerging the Ghana Pool champion. Runner-up was Victor Myers who received a 32″ flat screen TV and souvenirs from Hunter’s Gold whilst Samuel Noah got a table-top refrigerator and Hunter’s Gold souvenirs for finishing 3rd.For Nudzor Agbanu, CEO of the Afrodigital Productions organisers of the annual event, staging the final at the nation’s number one sports facility was a clear indication that the sport overseen by the 2009 founded Ghana Snooker Players Association, is finally gaining grounds and national recognition.He confirmed that the finalists will form the core of the national team that would be selected via justify-your-inclusion exercise for international competitions in Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya next year.“It’s been very successful I can say that 99.9% of our targets have been met. It’s great especially today that for the first time we are playing at the Accra Sports Stadium which gives the tournament a truly national character,” Mr. Agbanu said in his closing remarks.He added: “This is the beginning of real development of pool as a big sport in Ghana. It’s going to be held every year thanks to the continued support of companies like Pitsea Ways, Hunter’s Gold and Citizens Concepts who have found it useful to sponsor us. Kwabena Appiah, Managing Director of Pitsea Ways, your number one cash emergency service, assured the National Pool tournament organisers of their commitment to the sport and has further pledged extending such benevolence to other sporting disciplines.“We are here to help, support and promote pool playing in Ghana, it’s good to give pool players a competition. Every now and then we help out with sports programmes and pool is one of them. Hopefully next year it will be even bigget than this and we promise to come and help again,” Mr. Appiah told www.sportsinghana.com exclusively.last_img read more

Indeed, No More of That

first_imgMr. Editor:The editorial of the Friday, January 24, 2014 edition of the Daily Observer captioned “The way forward for Liberian Raw Materials”  did not go unnoticed. A variety of interposing occurrences distracted my mind, and withdrew my attention from writing earlier. Anyway, it is “better late than never.”Undeniably, the concern expressed in this editorial that China Union is shipping out tons and tons of iron ore from the Bong Mines Mountain Range without establishing a manufacturing company to manufacture even a portion of the thousands of tons of iron ore, being extracted from Liberia, into zinc, steel rods or other finished products is also of paramount concern to many well-meaning Liberians,I am in full conformity with the assertion that “the time has come in this country for us to say NO MORE OF THAT”, but the reality is that Liberia will remain in this state of backwardness and degradation as long as Liberian negotiators bargaining contracts with foreign investors on behalf of the government and people of Liberia exhibit more interest in receiving their ‘brown envelops’ than in seeking the well-being of Liberia and the Liberian people.The editorial numerated three things that the Chinese have which Liberians lack: patriotism, hard work, and a sense of personal and national purpose. I would concord with the first and third, but not the second.I have stated repeatedly that Liberians are not lazy. Without doubt most of the employees working laboriously at public and private entities, including the ones managed by the Chinese and other foreign nationals, are Liberians.What can be asserted that is unquestionably true is that we, Liberians, have no love for our country and lack a sense of direction. It would be impossible to count the number of Liberians who are desirous of departing to the United States. Rather than put our house in order so as to enjoy “the bountiful blessings that the God of nature has bestowed upon us.” Liberians would prefer to reside in the U.S. or other foreign lands. Liberians are exceptional short-sighted; this is a blunt fact.Regrettably, this editorial mentioned that the Liberian Finance Minister Amara Konneh is yet to make good his pledge to equip government offices with locally produced furniture but what is even more regrettable is that the officials and members of the National Carpenters Union, who are directly affected by this unfulfilled pledge of Minister Konneh, are sitting as spectators expecting their “rights and privileges” to be delivered on “silver platter.” Hardly nothing is heard of this union making conscious effort to ensure that Minister Konneh fulfills this pledge.The way forward for Liberian raw materials to develop our own industries is to stop leaving our destiny in the hands of greedy and self – centered government officials who wish to see no change in the status quo owing to the gains they are reaping on a daily basis. The time is ‘Now’ when all Liberians must, not only through words, but actions such as peace marches and non-violent demonstrations, ensure that the bountiful blessings from God benefit Liberians, many of whom live in abject poverty, instead of a selected few.Let me close with a quote from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. : “The ultimate tragedy is not the brutality of bad people but the silence of good people.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Darwin in Space without a Helmet

first_img“Space agencies may one day have Charles Darwin to thank for the longevity of their spacecraft,” began an article in New Scientist.  This seems a strange thing to write about a biologist who knew nothing of space travel.  “The life expectancy of a popular type of ion engine has been almost doubled using software that mimics the way natural selection evolves ever fitter designs.”  This seems a strange thing to write about a biologist who knew nothing of software, engines or ions.    Cody Farnell, a space flight engineer at Colorado State University, was inspired by the father of evolutionary theory to design “evolution-mimicking software” called a genetic algorithm (GA), the article explained.  It randomly varied the grid geometry and the voltages applied to it for a new ion-drive spacecraft engine design.  Farnell considered these values as roughly analogous to genes in biology.  “If the performance was promising, the ‘genetic material’ was subjected to further random changes, or mutation, and this process was repeated until no more improvements were forthcoming,’ the article said – survival of the fittest.    Farnell did not say if his engine had to fight with other engines for mates, or whether females of the species had to lay eggs or raise their young.  It’s also not clear whether the engines would be able to fend for themselves in the wild without Farnell’s intelligently guiding hands.Darwin needs the oxygen of intelligent design to breathe, just like other mortals.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Groupon Raises $950 Million, Grew Subscribers by 2,500% in 2010

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson The rumors were true – online coupon company Groupon has managed to raise just under a billion dollars, dwarfing recent rounds by both Facebook and Twitter, both of which were nothing to sneeze at. TechCrunch got a hold of Groupon’s press release, titled “Groupon Raises, Like, A Billion Dollars”, which was set to hit the wires today and explains just how quickly the company has grown over the last year.According to the company, the funding comes from a laundry list of venture capital firms and late-stage investors, “including Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mail.ru Group, Maverick Capital, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures. Allen & Company LLC acted as financial advisor.”Even more interesting, however, are the stats that come with the release, showing the companies explosive growth in 2010:In the last year, Groupon has been called “the fastest growing company ever” by Forbes Magazine and “America’s best website” by one of Groupon’s television commercials. In 2010, Groupon:• Expanded from 1 to 35 countries • Launched in almost 500 new markets (from 30 markets in 2009) • Grew subscribers by 2,500% from 2 million to over 50 million • Saved consumers over $1.5 billion • Worked with 58,000 local businesses, serving over 100,000 deals worldwideWhile some may have gasped when Groupon rejected Google’s $6 billion acquisition offer, it looks like the company is doing fine for itself on its own. This latest round of funding values the company at around $4.75 billion. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 7

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Sidney Onwubere vs AJ Coronel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals21 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWithout Hamadou Laminou to bank on, coach Ariel Sison has made it clear that EAC must double, if not triple, its effort if it wants to progress to the Final Four.And one of the measures he did was to squeeze out all the minutes Sidney Onwubere could give him.On Friday, the Fil-Nigerian forward showed that he’s more than ready to the task, leading the Generals to a gutsy 61-57 win over Perpetual to finish the first round and show why he has to be included in the discussions for the MVP plum.As daunting as the task may be, Onwubere may have to live with the reality that he’s going to need to give everything he has if EAC wants to make it to the last dance.ADVERTISEMENT PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds Torrential rains couldn’t stop the NCAA this week that even the oft-postponed triple-header finally pushed through on Friday.And after it’s said and done, we are left with only two games to wrap up the first round on Tuesday, with last year’s Final Four teams wrapping up their first round assignments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs for our list, the usual suspects did come back, churning out strong performances as they seek a spot in the annual midseason festivities that is the All-Star Game.With that being said, here’s our list of the week’s best players. How rude could Tey Teodoro be?He even went to San Sebastian to remind everybody why he’s one of the deadliest snipers in the league, silencing the home crowd with his three-pointers from the parking lot to help JRU secure the 73-62 victory and extend its winning run to three straight games.But echoing coach Vergel Meneses, he needs more consistent performance from Teodoro like this one if the Heavy Bombers want to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Lervin Flores – F, Arellano Chiefs14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ASurprising as it was, Lervin Flores makes his first appearance in this list for the season thanks to his steady contributions for Arellano in its skid-busting conquest over St. Benilde.The veteran forward has finally shown what he’s capable of, commanding the Chiefs’ defense after a woeful start this season.Coach Jerry Codiñera’s offense will always revolve around Salado, but Flores’ efforts must always be there if last year’s runner-up wants to make it to the semifinals in the long run.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas14 points, 20 rebounds, 1 assists, 4 blocksLast Week: 3Perpetual may have went on a two-game losing slide to end the first round, but Prince Eze’s contributions shouldn’t be discarded.The Nigerian remains as a force to be reckoned with down low, keeping the Altas in the game despite losing in the end to EAC. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net(2) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AAfter missing last week’s list, the pacesetter for the MVP plum returned with a bang.Against cellar-dweller Mapua, the Pirates followed the lead of CJ Perez, with him not only getting it done in the offense but also anchoring the team’s choking defense.His performance was so steady that even the team’s third stringers got a piece of the action en route to their dominant 97-74 blowout victory.Perez, though, acknowledges that the season is just getting started and the rest of the league will be out to deal Lyceum its first defeat come the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Levi Dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWith Kent Salado taking a back seat on offense, Levi dela Cruz took the baton and ran with it as he set a career-high performance to help Arellano nab the 87-81 win over St. Benilde.The 22-year-old transferee has come out of Salado’s shadows to emerge as the key component in helping the Chiefs break out of their four-game losing slump.If dela Cruz continues this tear, we may just be seeing the start of a possible second coming of Arellano’s lethal guard combo of the past.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers19 points (4/13 3PT), 3 reboundsLast Week: N/A Eze, however, could not carry the load alone as coach Jimwell Gican needs to challenge his locals, especially Gab Dagangon and GJ Ylagan, to come to Perpetual’s aid if it wants to churn out a late drive in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net(7) Jayson David – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags18 points (5/8 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/ACoach Egay Macaraya’s secret weapon is a secret no more.Jayson David finally lived up to the hype of his mentor, going bonkers from beyond the arc despite San Sebastian losing to JRU.What better way for him to explode than on his home floor, where he stepped up for the undermanned Golden Stags, which sorely missed the presence of leader Michael Calisaan.David, though, has to prove that he’s not a one-game wonder as he needs to sustain this showing once San Sebastian springs back to action in the second round. 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India openers are going to be more decisive vs Australia than Virat Kohli: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that the contribution of the openers will be more important for the visitors than captain Virat Kohli in the forthcoming four-Test series in Australia starting December 6.India will have to begin their campaign in Australia with the opening combination of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul in the absence of the injured Prithvi Shaw in the first Test at Adelaide.Kohli has done the bulk of the scoring for India in their previous two overseas Test series in South Africa and England, both of which India lost. Which is why Gavaskar says the openers need to score runs on a consistent basis for India to succeed in Australia.”Indian openers are going to be more decisive because if Australia get Virat Kohli in to bat when India is 100 or 150 then Kohli is going to be unstoppable. Australia will fancy their chances if the ball is hard and new and Virat comes in to bat.”Openers are going to be far more important. Yes, Virat Kohli will have to salvage the situation if the openers fail but if the openers do well then Virat will be in a position to dominate. And that is why the contest between Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins against Vijay and Rahul is going to be more important than them against Virat,” Gavaskar told India Today.But scoring runs against the likes of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins is going to be easier said that done for Rahul, who has been woefully out of form this year, and Vijay, who is making a comeback into the Test side after being dropped in August this year.advertisement”KL Rahul is lacking in confidence at the moment. Technique wise he is playing a little too hard. I don’t think he’s got over the limited-overs and IPL success that he had where he was looking to get after the bowling. He started off in the same manner in the last innings of the final Test in England.”He went after the bowling and got to 40-50 and then built his innings. He might go with the same tactics in Australia. Whatever, he is a class act and I think he’s going to be the next big thing in Indian cricket. He is going through a bad patch but maybe Australia will be the turning point for him,” Gavaskar added.Gavaskar also predicts a scoreline of 3-0 in favour of India. “India is going to win the series 3-0 with the Melbourne Test being incomplete or drawn because of the weather,” Gavaskar said.India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh meanwhile, urged the other players to step up and said that Kohli alone cannot win India matches all the time on overseas tours.”Others needs to perform and only then things will change. Virat Kohli on his own cannot win you matches all the time. We can maybe win one or two games but we won’t win the series if others don’t perform,” Harbhajan told India Today.Bhajji also reiterated that this is India’s best chance of beating Australia in Australia but for that to happen, Kohli needs to perform better as a captain and get the team combination right in every game.”He (Kohli) would like to change his overseas record after failures in England and South Africa. Kohli must be thinking on how he can change things around and he knows that this is their best chance and the best opportunity to make a name for himself as a captain. He is a champion batsman but as a captain this is the test he would like to pass. And for that he needs all the other players to perform.”He needs to act better to situations than what we have seen in England and South Africa. We lost those critical moments in the game. And he needs to bring in people who can win you the games, people like Kuldeep Yadav. It’s not just about Virat Kohli who will continue to score runs, but what about others,” Harbhajan felt.Speaking of team combination, India decided to include Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma in their 12-man squad for the first Test with R Ashwin being the lone spinner.Harbhajan picked Rohit ahead of Vihari in the playing XI for the first match before adding that he would have also liked to see Kuldeep Yadav’s name in the list which was announced on Wednesday.”When it comes to Rohit or Vihari, my gut feeling says Rohit should be playing at No. 5 or 6. I want him to play because he is technically better than the rest of the batsmen apart from Virat.advertisement”But I don’t think that is going to happen but instead of playing four bowlers I would have liked to see another spinner in the Adelaide Test because that is one place where you could play two spinners. I would have liked to see Kuldeep Yadav instead of one batsman,” Bhajji said.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s Adelaide memories: 3 hundreds and 2 heartbreaking defeatsAlso Read | Fan in Adelaide predicts India will win 3-0. Rohit Sharma responds: Why not 4-0?Also Read | India vs Australia: Prithvi Shaw unlikely to recover from ankle injury before Perth TestAlso Read | A bit of banter not harmful but we won’t cross the line: Virat Kohlilast_img read more