1. Bhaichung Bhutia
Former Indian football captain and India`s most-capped footballer Bhaichung Bhutia raised many eyebrows with his decision to join hands with the Mamata Bannerjee-led Trinamool Congress.
Bhutia, who retired from international football in August 2011, is the Trinamool Congress candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat.
2. Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin, the former Indian skipper who played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs, is a sitting Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
This time however, Azhar will be contesting the elections for the Tonk-Sawai Madhopur seat in Rajasthan.
3. Mohammad Kaif
The former Indian middle-order batsman and Uttar Pradesh captain is remembered for his elecric presence on the field and also for that match-winning innings at Natwest Trophy final in 2002.
Kaif, who last represented India in 2006, will be contesting with the Congress party for the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh.
4. Dilip Tirkey
Former Indian hockey captain Dilip Tirkey is a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha after contesting and winning the elections in 2012.
This time however, Tirkey, an Arjuna awardee and the recipient of the Padma Shri, will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Sundargarh in Odisha on a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) ticket.
5. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Rathore, the lone Indian medallist from the Athens Olympics in 2004, joined the BJP in September 2013 after taking voluntary retirement from the Indian Army.
The 44-year-old Arjuna awardee and Padma Shri recipient will be contesting from the Jaipur (rural) seat in Rajasthan.
6. Kirti Azad
A member of India`s 1983 World Cup winning team, Kirti Azad has been a two-time sitting Lok Sabha MP from Darbhanga and is contesting this year as well.
The BJP leader was earlier elected as an MLA from Delhi`s Gole Market constituency.