The West Indians may not be the hottest property at the World Cup, but they are desperate to win this time and restore pride in the Caribbean.
On home turf four years ago, the former champion made it to the Super Eight round before losing five out of six matches, prompting the then skipper Brian Lara to announce his international retirement.
“We want to get the record straight this time,” attacking opener Chris Gayle said ahead of their first warm-up match against Kenya on Saturday.
“There are a lot of expectations from people back home. We want to go all out for them. This is my third World Cup. I'm treating it like my final Cup.
“The West Indies has a legacy of winning and I want to give my best to win matches for us,” said Gayle who is closing in on 8,000 ODI runs.
The West Indies won the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 but has since struggled to keep pace with the best in the game. Since 2007, it has been dogged by in-fighting, selection rows and wrangling between players and the board.
Gayle, 31, was stripped of his captaincy last year after he refused a central contract and the inexperienced Darren Sammy was promoted to lead.
The team has also slipped to number nine in one-day rankings behind Bangladesh and has not beaten a Test side in an ODI since June 2009.
“We go in as the underdogs,” Gayle said.
“But we want to be the team that upsets biggies and the one that gets through to the quarterfinals.”
Sammy also sought to put on a brave face despite a shaky build-up to the showpiece tournament that saw them lose 2-0 to Sri Lanka in a short one-day series recently.
West Indies opens its World Cup campaign with a game against South Africa on February 24 in New Delhi — AFP