As hosts, the onus is on India as they begin their campaign on Sunday. Controversies aside, the team has a strong midfield and an aggressive forward line in the form of Vikram Pillai, Tushar Khandekar, Rajpal Singh, Prabhjot Singh and Deepak Thakur.
The conversion rate may not be the best amongst the teams but spurred on by a vociferous crowd, Jose Brasa's boys have the potential stage upsets.
India begin against traditional rivals Pakistan on February 28. Tickets to the high-voltage game have been sold out. "If we win the match we will gain in confidence but would need to carry on with the momentum for the rest of the games in the tournament," said skipper Rajpal Singh.
India will also need to be at their best against Australia, Spain and England.
Here is a look at the 18-member squad that will be the face of the country in the World Cup.