Placed in a tough pool that includes holders Germany and Champions Trophy winners the Netherlands, the Indian hockey team is set to begin its campaign in the 11th World Cup for men, on Wednesday.
With a refurbished team and a new coach in Vasudevan Baskaran, Dilip Tirkey-led India will play Germany in their opening pool B league fixture.
The Indians have been through a testing period since finishing 10th at the 2002 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the scene of their only triumph back in 1975.
"The players are motivated and we hope to do well here. Realistically, our target is to qualify for the semi-finals," said Baskaran.