The Manly playmaker put in an emphatic display on Wednesday night, squeezing the Blues and forcing them to play in their half while controlling the contest.
And Meninga has praised the 29-year old for rising to the occasion.
“It was great to see, his control was excellent, his management was excellent, his kicking game was the best I’ve seen from anyone at that level for a long, long time to be honest,” Meninga told NRL Media.
“I think at the end of the day that was the difference, that constant pressure on the Blues’ try-line in the first half.
“Manly won’t make the eight you wouldn’t think, so it’s another few important weeks for Manly and Daly as well, but it puts him in the forefront.”
Cherry-Evans returned for the Maroons this year after a three-year absence and has not played for Australia since the 2014 Four Nations tournament.
With the Kangaroos side set to be announced on Sunday, Meninga confirmed that it would contain a host of Blues following their impressive Origin win.
“Tommy Trbojevic had a terrific series and you saw him stand up and be one of the better players in game three,” Meninga said.
“I like [Josh] Addo-Carr I thought he had a great series, Latrell Mitchell played really well, [Jack] de Belin in his first series was really good as well.
“[Angus] Crichton off the bench too, I thought they handled it all really well, it’s a really good experience, and I thought Boyd Cordner led the side well and [Tyson] Frizell.”
After missing out on World Cup selection last year, Meninga said Raiders lock Josh Papalii is also pressing his case for an Australian jersey.
“At No.13 I think he’s excelled and been one of the best forwards in the competition at the moment on form,” Meninga said.
“I thought he was used sparingly through Origin, but I think he made enough of an impact through those three games to warrant being on the selection table.
“The good thing about Papa is he’s got flexibility, he can play edge, he can play middle – in the middle suits him because he’s got a big motor.
“Before this year you would have thought he would play left or right edge, but the 13 seems to suit him, he’s got a good motor, good footwork and he can play big minutes.”